Instagram policy change means it can delete rule-breaking accounts faster

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Instagram is changing its rules so it can disable accounts that break its rules more quickly.

The company announced a policy change that allows the service to delete accounts that break too many of its rules during a set period of time. Up until now, Instagram only removed accounts that had "a certain percentage of violating content."

That percentage rule — the company doesn't disclose the exact percentage — is still in effect, but now there's a new rule that will allow Instagram to take down accounts that break a lot of rules in a shorter period of time.

The change comes as the company faces criticism for its inability to block graphic images of a teen's dead body on its platform. Though Instagram says it has used image-blocking tech to prevent the photos from spreading, the platform hasn't been able to catch everything, as my Mashable colleague Morgan Sung earlier reported. Instagram said it disabled many anonymous accounts responsible for the continued sharing. Read more...

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