Category: instagram

Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram remains one of the most popular image-centric social network today and perhaps the only Facebook property (aside from Oculus) that has remained largely untouched by privacy scandals. Its association to Facebook and its popularity, however, also makes it a prime target for less conscientious people who’d love to pilfer users’ private information at every opportunity. Despite that…

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Instagram Direct Messages may still be coming to the desktop after all

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks on the planet but, for all its fame, it remains oddly tied to phones. Never mind the fact that its web-based desktop experience is a few steps from being deplorable, the mobile app seems frozen in a world where people use smartphones in just one and only one way. The Facebook-owned network is very slowly changing, like the standalone Windows…

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Instagram Threads Auto Status: The fine print

There’s a new Snapchat sort of app available starting this week made by the Facebook-owned developers of Instagram. It’s the latest attempt by Facebook – via Instagram – to capture the Snapchat-using youth. The kids don’t want to share things publicly, so they share to friends on Snapchat. Threads just seems to want to have them share to friends on Instagram instead.

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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app “Threads” was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company’s main social ecosystems. That’d likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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Instagram terms-of-service hoax: Who benefits?

“Don’t forget tomorrow starts the new Instagram rule where they can use your photos,” reads the post. “Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today.” Does this sound familiar? Celebrities like Judd Apatow and Beyonce’s mother didn’t think so. They decided to re-post iterations of the text to Instagram this week, resulting in the hoax spreading like wildfire across the fact of…

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Instagram users can now flag false content for fact-checker review

Facebook has expanded its Third Party Fact-Checking Program to cover photos and videos shared on Instagram, the company has announced. Under this expansion, Instagram users can now flag content they believe is false, triggering a review from a verified fact-checker who will make the final determination about the content. According to the company, false content will be demoted, but not removed.

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Instagram plans to ban more users, but will alert them first

Instagram has updated its account disable policy in a way that will potentially result in more accounts getting banned. The change was made in order to ‘more consistently’ enforce the company’s policies, Instagram revealed in an announcement on Thursday. Under the new policy, users face getting their accounts banned if they receive or exceed a set number of violations within a limited period of…

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Instagram ‘Restrict’ feature test lets users shadow ban bullies

Instagram has introduced a new feature primarily targeted at the young users on its platform who face bullying from other users. The company plans to start testing ‘Restrict,’ a feature that enables users to shadow ban bullies without alerting them to the change. Instagram has also introduced a new prompt that aims to reduce nasty comments from bullies.

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Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

What’s the deal with Facebook right now – and what’s happening with WhatsApp and Instagram? Several major social networks were effectively put out of commission this morning by a yet-unnamed software issue. While Snapchat and Twitter rest on different, separate servers from the rest, while the rest are owned by Facebook. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all under the one umbrella, also…

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Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

With a social network as big as Instagram, users getting their accounts hacked and hijacked is a common problem. Instagram has rolled out some measures to keep accounts secure, but users are saying those aren’t enough, especially when it comes to reclaiming a hijacked account. Today, Instagram detailed some more security methods for user accounts – including a way for users to get their usernames…

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