Instagram has increased its attempts to counter fake news on the platform, taking its third-party fact-checking program global.
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Instagram announced (on Twitter, which has at least some level of meta-element) that it is expanding its test of hiding Like counts from public view globally.
Apple has removed a stalking app called Like Patrol from the App Store after Instagram sent a cease-and-desist order to the developers.
Jack Dorsey has rather gleefully mocked Facebook recently, but was right behind it the company’s experiment of not showing Instagram ‘Likes’.
Instagram announced a strengthening of the rules governing content relating to suicide and self-harm following the death of a British teen.
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Dark Mode has arrived for the photo-sharing app in iOS 13 to make late night browsing easier, along with a new camera design.
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).
A new app called Who’s in Town gives your Instagram followers an interactive map of every place you’ve ever been.
Mad over Facebook’s terrible reputation, Mark Zuckerberg wants to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp to make it clear who owns them.
There were 89,271 data breach notifications in the first year of GDPR being in place, with fines issued totaling €56 million.
Google has stored passwords to some G Suite enterprise accounts in plaintext, since 2005, the company has admitted.
Chtrbox, a social media marketing firm based in Mumbai, India, exposed an Instagram influencer database online.
Each record in the database contained a record that calculated the worth of each account, based off the number of followers, engagement, reach, likes and shares they had. This was used as a metric to determine how much the company could pay an Instagram celebrity or influencer to post an ad.
At the time of the writing there were 49 million database records, but was increasing by the hour. The database has since been pulled offline.
Left-wing memes are often very popular on Instagram. They have even made some of the people who share them quite well-off. Now some of those creators want to form a union, according to Vox.
The union, the first major organizing effort for professional meme creators on Instagram, is made up of that latter group, and now has thousands of followers on its official account and an open application process for new members. As Taylor Lorenz notes in the Atlantic, it will probably never be recognized by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that governs unions, but the organizing drive is still very real: Not only does it use traditional union organizing tactics, but the memers have concrete demands they want Instagram to agree to. And with growing membership, they’ll likely have a bit of leverage.
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss “ownership” of eBooks, Instagram’s security, and viewing your tracked data.
In an updated blog post Facebook admitted that it stored Instagram passwords in plaintext, and millions of users are affected.
Jumbo is a privacy assistant that can manage your social media. It can delete your old tweets, manage your Facebook privacy settings, delete your Google search history, and delete your Alexa voice recordings. Jumbo has no servers, so your data doesn’t leave your iPhone. When it comes to deleting tweets, there are several options to choose from, like tweets from the past day, week, month, and year. Due to Twitter’s API limitations, Jumbo can only clean 3,200 tweets at a time. Instagram and Tinder are coming soon to the app, so you can clean your Instagram photos and videos, and delete Tinder matches and messages. Personally, I also hope support for deleting Reddit posts and comments will come in the future. App Store: Free
Conspiracy theory time. Yesterday Facebook suffered its biggest outage in its entire history. Other affiliated services like Instagram and WhatsApp were also affected. Facebook is also under a federal criminal investigation over its data sharing practices. Do you think the outage had anything to do with law enforcement seizing some of the company’s servers?
“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so.”
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) examined grooming cases and found that Instagram was used 32%.