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How to Hide Your Instagram Online Status

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:43 am PST by
Most social media networks and chat platforms these days include a feature that shows when a user was last online or last active on the service, which can be either helpful or a hindrance, depending on your personal or business situation. WhatsApp includes an optional "Last Seen" status for the person you're chatting with in a conversation thread, while Instagram tells you how long it was...

How to Hide Like and View Counts on Instagram Posts

Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:05 am PDT by
Instagram has added new options on the platform that allow users to hide the number of like and view counts of other people's posts, as well as the same counts on their own posts. The new options have been introduced to "depressurize people's experience" on the platform, the Facebook-owned social media company said. Instagram has been testing out the options in several countries since 2019,...

iOS 14 Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:58 pm PDT by
Digital privacy is a perennial hot topic these days, and Apple is regarded as being at the forefront of security when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems. For example, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad's camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. Social media apps will often ask you for access to your device's...

How to Group Video Chat With Up to 50 Instagram Users

Friday May 22, 2020 2:10 am PDT by
Instagram has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social platform, thanks to an integration with Facebook's recently announced Messenger Rooms feature. Facebook unveiled Messenger Rooms as an alternative to Zoom and Group FaceTime last month, releasing it to a small trial group of users. Facebook said part of its plan was to extend the capability ...

How to Secure Your Instagram Account With Two-Factor Authentication

Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00 am PDT by
With social media account hacking becoming increasingly more widespread, users would do well to make sure they're taking every security measure available to them. That goes doubly for frequenters of Facebook-owned Instagram, where account hijacking in particular is a recurring problem. One of the best ways to protect any online account is by using two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA offers...

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Instagram Now Testing Chronological Feed

Wednesday January 5, 2022 12:01 pm PST by
Back in December, Instagram lead Adam Mosseri said that Instagram was planning to reintroduce a chronological feed, and now Instagram is officially testing chronological feed options. Going forward, there will be three different Instagram feed options available. The "Home" feed will be the Instagram experience that's available today, with Instagram suggesting content that it thinks that...
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Instagram Reintroducing Chronological Feed Option in 2022

Wednesday December 8, 2021 2:29 pm PST by
Instagram is planning to reintroduce a version a chronological feed option in 2022, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said today in a Senate panel on teen safety (via Engadget). "We're currently working on a version of a chronological feed that we hope to launch next year," Mosseri said, explaining that Instagram believes in giving people more control over how they view content. Such a feature...
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Facebook Delays Plans to Use End-to-End Encryption As Default for Messenger and Instagram Messages Until at Least 2023

Monday November 22, 2021 6:32 am PST by
Facebook, now rebranded to "Meta," is delaying plans to use end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram messages until at least 2023, a year later than the previous deadline promised by the social media behemoth. Writing in The Telegraph, Meta's head of global safety, Antigone Davis, said that the company is pushing back its deadline to roll out end-to-end encryption as the default...
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Instagram Preparing to Launch Subscriptions to Let Users Pay for 'Exclusive Content' From Creators

Tuesday November 9, 2021 2:29 am PST by
Instagram is preparing to launch in-app subscriptions, allowing users to pay for exclusive content from their favorite creators as the platform looks to move away from conventional ads for monetization, recent App Store listings have suggested. In May of this year, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said in an interview with The Information that the platform was exploring the idea of subscriptions, ...
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Instagram Now Allows Users to Post From Desktop

Tuesday October 19, 2021 11:09 am PDT by
Instagram still doesn't offer an app for the iPad, but the social networking company has expanded how users can upload content to the site, allowing for pictures to be posted from the desktop. According to TechCrunch, Instagram is rolling out desktop posting support this week after testing the feature with a limited number of users over the summer. Sharing a photo or a video under one...
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Instagram to Require Users to Provide Their Date of Birth

Monday August 30, 2021 11:53 am PDT by
Instagram today said that it is now requiring all Instagram users to share their date of birth to "create safer, more private experiences for young people." Instagram users who have not already provided their birthday to Instagram will be prompted to share it. Instagram plans to ask for date of birth when the app is opened up, and will provide notifications asking for the information a...
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Instagram to Begin Defaulting Accounts for New Users Under the Age of 16 to Private

Tuesday July 27, 2021 7:41 am PDT by
Instagram will now automatically default the accounts of users on its platform under the age of 16 to "private" during initial account set-up, meaning only followers that a user accepts and approves of will be able to see their photos, videos, and posts, the company announced today. Instagram has been on a recent push to make its platform safer and more secure for younger users, which make...
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Instagram Stories Gains Built-In Text Translation Feature

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:46 am PDT by
Instagram today updated its Instagram Stories feature with a new translate option that is designed to automatically translate text in a Story. Instagram Stories are Instagram's ephemeral content posting option, with each Story vanishing after 24 hours. Automatic translation is able to translate text into more than 90 languages, but there is no audio translation option. In any Story that...
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Instagram Plans to Take on TikTok With Full-Screen Video Content

Thursday July 1, 2021 3:48 am PDT by
Instagram will start hosting full-screen videos as part of a major shakeup of the social platform, as the Facebook-owned company seeks to make itself more relevant in an era dominated by TikTok and YouTube. That's the major take-home from a video shared on Wednesday by Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram. In the video posted to his Instagram and Twitter account, Mosseri said that the social...
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Desktop Instagram Posting Currently Being Tested, Confirms Facebook

Friday June 25, 2021 1:40 am PDT by
Facebook has confirmed rumors that it is testing the ability for Instagram users to post to the picture-based social media platform using a web browser on a desktop computer. With its focus on sharing photos taken with a smartphone camera, Facebook-owned Instagram has long been a mobile-centric social network that lacks many of its basic features in its web browser incarnation, including the ...
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Instagram Testing Support for Browser-Based Posting

Monday May 17, 2021 2:29 am PDT by
For as long as it's been around, Instagram has been a smartphone-oriented social network that doesn't extend to tablet devices and even lacks many basic features in its web browser incarnation, including the ability to post. However, that could be set to change, if a recently unearthed internal feature test ever goes public. Developer and leaker Alessandro Paluzzi has discovered Instagram...
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Signal Shares the Instagram Ads Facebook Doesn't Want You to See

Wednesday May 5, 2021 2:29 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging app Signal has had a series of Instagram ads blocked from the social media platform, after it attempted to show users how much data the Facebook-owned company collects about them and how it's used to push targeted ads. In a blog post, Signal described how it generated the ads to show users why they were seeing them, simply by declaring upfront the information that the...
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Facebook and Instagram Ask Users to Enable App Tracking in Order to Keep Services 'Free of Charge'

Sunday May 2, 2021 2:22 pm PDT by
As a way to convince users to enable tracking across other apps and websites, Facebook is deploying the tactic of telling users that they must enable tracking as part of the App Tracking Transparency framework in iOS 14.5 if they want to help keep Facebook and Instagram "free of charge." App Tracking Transparency or ATT is the newest privacy feature to come to iPhone and iPad devices as part ...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Urged to Scrap Instagram for Kids Plan

Friday April 16, 2021 5:37 am PDT by
Facebook is facing calls from an international coalition of children's health advocates to abandon its plans to build a version of Instagram for kids, reports The Guardian. The campaign follows news that broke in March which revealed that Facebook is developing a version of Instagram that's specifically aimed at children under 13. Instagram's current policy prohibits kids under 13 from using ...
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Facebook Is Developing a Version of Instagram for Children Under 13

Friday March 19, 2021 5:22 am PDT by
Facebook is developing a version of Instagram that's specifically aimed at children under 13, according to an internal company post (via BuzzFeed News). "I'm excited to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list," Vishal Shah, Instagram's vice president of product, wrote on an employee message board on...
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Instagram Announces New Tools to 'Protect Young People' on the Platform

Tuesday March 16, 2021 8:06 am PDT by
Instagram today announced several new tools and changes coming to the platform with the aim of "protecting young people." Amongst the changes will be the inability for adults to DM teenagers (users under 18 years old) who don't follow them. Instagram says it has partnered with The Child Mind Institute and the non-profit group ConnectSafely to publish a new Parents Guide in the U.S. The new...
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Instagram Announces New Features to Help Support Users Affected By Eating Disorders

Tuesday February 23, 2021 4:38 am PST by
Instagram is launching new features to help support users on its platform who may be affected by negative body image or an eating disorder, the company has announced. Previously, Instagram had limited its policy to obscuring content that may trigger users suffering from an eating disorder, but the new policy adds to this by aiming to surface more expert-backed resources when people search...
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Instagram Confirms Bug With iMessage Link Previews, Promises Fix Soon

Thursday February 18, 2021 6:09 am PST by
Instagram has confirmed that a bug is preventing proper Instagram URL previews from appearing in iMessage conversations. In a statement to Mashable, Instagram says the behavior is not normal, and that it's "working to resolve Instagram link previews in iMessage so that they load normally." The lack of link previews was first brought up on Reddit around two months ago, so it seems the issue ...
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Facebook and Instagram Link Previews Would Break EU Privacy Law, Say Security Researchers

Tuesday February 9, 2021 5:28 am PST by
A follow-up report by security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk has alleged that Facebook Messenger and Instagram are collecting and using data from link previews in a way that would breach European privacy law. In October last year, Bakry and Mysk revealed that link previews in popular messaging apps can lead to security and privacy issues on iOS and Android. It was discovered...
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All-in-One Chat App 'Beeper' Brings iMessage to Android and Windows Using Workaround

Thursday January 21, 2021 5:34 am PST by
New universal chat app "Beeper" combines 15 different chat platforms into a single inbox and offers iMessage on Android and Windows (via The Verge). The app comes from a team including former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, and enables users to integrate a range of messaging services, including WhatsApp, SMS, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Skype, Hangouts, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook...