iOS 14 Reveals Facebook Spying on Your Camera Through Instagram

· Andrew Orr · Link

Surveillance camera

Facebook is being accused of accessing peoples’ cameras through Instagram, thanks to a iOS 14 feature that tells you when your camera is active.

Facebook denied the reports and blamed a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.

In the complaint filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco, New Jersey Instagram user Brittany Conditi contends the app’s use of the camera is intentional and done for the purpose of collecting “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to.”

Facebook: “It’s a bug because you weren’t supposed to know we were doing this.”

Instagram: Please Give Us Your Government ID

· Andrew Orr · Link

Instagram will start asking “suspicious accounts” to verify their identity with a government ID. Instagram claims this will help users understand when accounts are “attempting to mislead their followers” although it’s not clear what kind of behavior the Facebook-owned company thinks is suspicious. One reason is shared: If most of your followers are in a different country than you.

IDs will be stored securely and deleted within 30 days once our review is completed, and won’t be shared on the person’s profile as pseudonymity is still an important part of Instagram.

What is Instagram Reels?

· Charlotte Henry · News

Instagram Reels on iPhone

Instagram Reels is the app’s response to Tik Tok – allowing users to both create and discover short videos on the platform.

The 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle

We have a deal on the 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle, a 7-course training program covering social media in general, as well as FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It includes 34 hours of content and hundreds of lessons, and it’s $29.99 through our deal.

Opera Builds Instagram Into Desktop Browser

· Charlotte Henry · News

Instagram sidebar in Opera browser

Opera has added an Instagram sidebar allowing users to browse the photo-sharing network directly, without having to head to the web-version.

Instagram Seems to Think it’s a Startup When it Comes to an iPad App

· Andrew Orr · Link

Instagram logo

When asked why there isn’t an Instagram iPad app yet, CEO Adam Mosseri said the company would like to create one, “But we only have so many people, and lots to do, and it hasn’t bubbled up as the next best thing to do yet.”

Instagram users have been asking for an official ‌iPad‌ app nearly since the social network launched in 2010, the same year that the first ‌iPad‌ was released. Some alternatives include third-party Instagram apps for ‌iPad‌, browsing Instagram on the web on ‌iPad‌, or using the upscaled iPhone app on ‌iPad‌.

The obvious answer is, “Hire more people because you’re owned by one of the richest corporations in the world: Facebook.” But I wonder what the actual answer is. Invasive tracking isn’t as lucrative on iPadOS?

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· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

Please join us in taking the makers of 4K Stogram for sponsoring TMO here this week. 4K Stogram is an Instagram Viewer and Downloader for macOS that lets you. With it, you can download photos, videos, and stories from your friends’ public and private Instagram accounts, backup your Instagram profile and import your list of Instagram subscriptions. And best of all, you can get started for free.

Instagram Gets Dark Mode in iOS 13

· Charlotte Henry · Product News

Instagram logo

Dark Mode has arrived for the photo-sharing app in iOS 13 to make late night browsing easier, along with a new camera design.

Instagram from Facebook, Fake Story Views, and Russian Growth Hackers

· Andrew Orr · Link

Instagram logo

Some Instagram from Facebook users have noticed views on their Story from accounts that don’t follow them and seemed to be Russian. Instagram said it’s aware of the issue.

It also said this inauthentic activity is not related to misinformation campaigns but is rather a new growth hacking tactic — which involves accounts paying third parties to try to boost their profile via the medium of fake likes, followers and comments (in this case by generating inauthentic activity by watching the Instagram Stories of people they have no real interest in in the hopes that’ll help them pass off as real and net them more followers).