Instagram Just Added a Red Warning to Kate Middleton’s Photo—But Why?

That wasn't there before...

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If you’ve been on the Prince and Princess of Wales’s Instagram page as of late, then you’ll probably notice that a red warning banner has been added to the edited family photo of Kate Middleton with her three children. So, what does it mean? 

Due to the Associated Press and multiple news outlets issuing a “kill notice” on the photo (released by Kensington Palace on Sunday), other publications have started pulling the doctored picture from their platforms. AP stated that they retracted the photo because “the image appeared to have been manipulated.” The news agency added, “AP’s editorial standards state that images must be accurate. AP does not use altered or digitally manipulated images.”

And now, it appears that Instagram has issued a disclaimer of their own. At the bottom of the photo, there is a caution sign along with a warning written in red letters, which says, “Missing context. The same altered photo was reviewed by independent fact-checkers in another post.” 

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When you click on the red arrow next to the statement, a section labeled “Altered Photo” pops up on the screen and further states, “There may be small differences. Independent fact-checkers say the photo or image has been edited in a way that could mislead people, but not because it was shown out of context.”

Following the controversy, Kate Middleton broke her silence to issue an apology for the edited photo. In a statement shared on the Prince and Princess of Wales’s IG Story, the mother of three apologized for “any confusion” about the family photo. She continued, “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day.”

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And #Photogate continues…

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