Facebook is shutting down its popular Instagram platform, which has grown to be the most popular social network among the United States’ 4 billion people.
Facebook will no longer allow users to post content that promotes hate speech, terrorism, or sexual assault, and will require users to provide “proof” of their identity in order to post, according to a statement posted on the company’s official site.
The move is part of an effort to combat the spread of misinformation on Facebook.
“It’s important to note that while this change is primarily about removing content that could be seen as inciting or condoning violence or hate, it also applies to content that has the potential to encourage or encourage violence or harassment,” Facebook said in the statement.
Facebook said the change is expected to take effect in a few weeks.
“We will continue to work with law enforcement, civil society, and others to keep our community safe and free from hate speech and other inappropriate content,” the company said.
The announcement came just a day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company had blocked “more than 1 billion hate-filled posts” since he was elected president last year.
Facebook has been under fire in recent weeks for blocking posts that criticized President Donald Trump’s policies, including banning transgender people from the military and banning the use of birth certificates.
The company has also come under fire for the content of the “Dangerous Faggot” series of videos.