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How Google plans to improve video capturing on Snapchat, Instagram

Google plans to improve the video recording-experience on third-party Android apps such as Instagram, Snapchat with enhancements to the CameraX Jetpack library.
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Instagram test lets you pin particular posts to your profile

Instagram is testing a new feature for its app that would let people pin particular posts above the grid on their profile page.
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Instagram is testing pinned posts for profiles

For a while now, Instagram has allowed you to pin your favorite Stories to the top of your profile as a way to save them beyond their expiry date. And the company may soon allow you to do the same with posts to ensure they stand out in their own way.

As noted by TechCrunch, Instagram recently began testing a feature that allows users to highlight specific posts above their photo grid. If you’re among the people the company has enrolled in the trial, you can access the feature by tapping the three dots icon at the top of a post and selecting the new “pin to your profile” option. “We’re testing a new feature that lets people feature posts on their profile,” Instagram told the outlet.

Evidence the company was considering adding a way to highlight regular posts was first spotted in January by reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi. A handful of other social media platforms – including Twitter and TikTok – allow you to highlight posts in much the same way. As you can imagine, it’s a feature that’s particularly helpful for people who post a lot and want to showcase their best work.

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Instagram tests subscriptions for creators to make cash

Instagram has started testing subscriptions to enable popular creators to monetize their output through exclusive content.
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How to repost on Instagram

There’s no official way to repost someone else’s content on Instagram, but there are a few basic workarounds.
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Instagram to reinstate a feature that everyone misses

Instagram says it’s planning to reinstate a feature it ditched five years ago that lets you view posts in chronological order.
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Instagram is testing in-app notifications for service outages

One week after a massive Facebook outage that took all of the social network’s apps offline for more than six hours, Instagram says it’s testing notifications that will alert users to “temporary issues” like outages or other technical issues.

The new alerts would appear in users’ Activity Feed, alongside other in-app notifications. The messages could be used to let users know about specific issues, like Story uploads not working, or a more widespread problem, like the two outages last week. Importantly, Instagram says it doesn’t plan to alert users to every issue, but ones that may be a source of widespread confusion.

“We won’t send a notification every single time there is an outage, but when we see that people are confused and looking for answers, we’ll determine if something like this could help make things clearer,” Instagram wrote in a blog post. The company added that it’s testing the feature in the US “for the next few months.”

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Separately, Instagram also showed off a new “account status” section of its app, which is meant to alert users to “what's going on with your account” more generally. Instagram says it’s starting with notifications about posts that are removed and when an account “is at risk of being disabled” due to rule violations.

According to Instagram, the feature is meant to make it easier for users to understand why a post may have been removed, and whether or not they may be in danger of losing an account altogether. While the app has notified users in the past when a post is labeled or removed, the company hasn’t always done a good job letting people know which policy they violated. The Oversight Board has repeatedly told Facebook it needs to do a better job at explaining rules to users, and account status could help them do just that.

Account status could also help the app address a more Instagram-specific issue: concerns over “shadowbanning.” Instagram says that “in the coming months” it plans to update account status to let people know “how their content is being distributed and recommended across different parts of Instagram.” 

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Instagram will encourage teens to ‘take a break’

Facebook is trying to mend its reputation in the wake of whisleblower Frances Haugen's testimony, and that includes promises of features lessening the potential harm for teens. CNN and Reuters report that Facebook Global Affairs VP Nick Clegg promised Instagram would introduce a "take a break" feature that encouraged teens to simply stop using the social network for a while. Clegg didn't say when it would be ready, but this was clearly meant to reduce addiction and other unhealthy behavior.

The social media exec also said Facebook would "nudge" teens away from material in its apps that "may not be conducive to their well-being." He didn't provide specifics for this new approach. He did, however, suggest that Facebook's algorithms should be "held to account," including by regulation if needed, to be sure real-world results matched intentions.

The new methods might address some of Haugen's concerns. She claimed Facebook was aware its algorithms were destructive, leading children to harmful material and removing only a fraction of hate speech. Haugen also felt Congress should reform the Communications Decency Act's Section 230 to increase Facebook's liability for algorithm-chosen content, and that Facebook should add friction to reduce the virality of content and force users to think about posts rather than share them reflexively.

At the same time, this might not satisfy Haugen and fellow critics. Breaks and nudges may reduce exposure to harmful content, but they won't remove the content in question. Clegg's statements also reflect a familiar strategy at Facebook. It likes to invite regulation, but only the regulation it's comfortable with. While the proposed changes could help, politicians may demand more — in part to prevent Facebook from dictating its own regulation.

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Instagram back up after second major outage of the week

Just a few days after a global Facebook outage, Instagram went down for over two hours due to a different technical issue.
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[Download] The 2MB Instagram Lite is the debloated Insta experience you need on your smartphone

Bloat. It’s a word that applies to so many apps that we use on our phones and tablets. Once an app becomes popular the developer tends to add new features in an attempt to keep it fresh and they just don’t know when to stop. Take Instagram for instance, it’s a bloated mess of an […]

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It’s time to find out what your Top Nine Instagram posts of 2020 are

It’s that time of year where we think of how the year went, where you get to find out what your Top Nine Instagram posts are of 2020. Yup, just like the influencers and celebrities that you follow, you can find out which nine posts are your most popular of 2020, and then post a […]

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Vanish Mode brings disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram chat

There is no love lost in the messaging app world when it comes to taking ‘inspiration’ from a competitor’s app, and with Facebook owning a few of the most popular options, it tends to bring its new features to a bunch at a time. Take Messenger and Instagram, for example, which now share the same […]

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A decade in, Instagram is bigger than ever. So are its problems.

When Instagram first launched a decade ago, it was nothing like Facebook. The app, which began as a Foursquare-like check-in network, had one purpose: to make photo sharing easy (and make those pictures prettier in the process). It’s easy to forget n…
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Instagram cracks down on app that snoops on private profiles

Instagram is taking action against a stalker-friendly app that makes Like Patrol seem modest. The social network confirmed to Android Police that it was sending a cease and desist request to Ghosty, an Android app built to show you private Instagram…
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Instagram tests Group Stories after Facebook ditched them

Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram. There's no mystery to how it works — you'd just choose to…
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Facebook reaches settlement with company selling fake Instagram likes

Instagram has been struggling recently from an onslaught of spam comments, fake likes and fake follows. Now Facebook, which owns the service, has won a small victory against the spammers. The social media giant has settled a court case with a New Zea…
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Instagram tests easier ways to recover hacked accounts

Instagram might offer a little more reassurance if your account is ever hijacked. The social network is testing a new in-app account recovery process that should make it easier to recover an account — and make it harder for thieves to get away with…
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Instagram makes it easy to add song lyrics to your Stories

Instagram announced today that it is adding the ability to display lyrics when adding songs to Stories. The feature will let users decide if they want to display song lyrics on screen and will give them the ability to edit the text style, animation a…
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Facebook wants to integrate messaging from Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger

Facebook has made many major acquisitions over the years, with Instagram and WhatsApp being two of the most notable integrations. Up to this point, though, all of those services and platforms have been almost totally separate, but it looks like that might be changing in the future. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wants to have users from […]

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The Morning After: Instagram experiments with our swipes

Friday already? That was quick! Not quick enough for Instagram, which faced blowback for an aggressive app design change (it was just a test — for now). As we scowl in Facebook's direction, a Fake Alexa setup app tricked parents around the world and…
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Facebook tests tracking Location History via Instagram

After an abrupt exit by Instagram's founders, there have been reports that they weren't always happy with being seen as one of Facebook's apps, instead of a standalone platform. With curious timing, TechCrunch reports that at least one user, Jane Man…
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Instagram adopts a new Focus feature to improve your portrait photos

Instagram has announced a new feature to help you quickly take excellent photos of yourself or the people around you, emulating the portrait mode that we’re seeing on most new smartphones. The feature is called Focus and gives your shots a professional, softly blurred look and makes them quick and easy to share. If you’ve […]

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You will soon be able to download your photos and videos directly from Instagram

One of the great frustrations about Instagram is the inability to download the photos and videos (or any other information) you’ve uploaded to the social media app. Unlike Facebook with its Download Your Information tool, Instagram doesn’t have that option unless you are willing to use a third-party app, although this could be about to […]

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BlackBerry targets Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for patent infringement

BlackBerry Ltd. filed a lawsuit in US Federal Court on Tuesday that accused tech giants Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp of stealing intellectual property from BlackBerry Messenger. The 117-page lawsuit claims that the three companies created applications that infringe on BlackBerry Messenger patents and a jury trial has been requested. Financial compensation is being sought, but […]

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Hackers tried selling celebrity info stolen from Instagram

News that someone exploited an Instagram security hole to steal info from some of its most popular accounts got worse when they began selling it. The Verge reports this dark web service is no longer available, but The Daily Beast chatted with operato…
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Instagram will make stickers out of the photos in your conversations

Instagram wants to add some flair to your private messages, and they’re doing that with more stickers. Instead of normal stickers, though, Instagram will stickerfy whatever image you’re replying to. If a friend sends you a reshared post in Direct, whenever you reply to the image you’ll have a sticker version of the original image […]

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Instagram adds photo and video replies to Stories

Instagram's ephemeral Stories has been around for less than a year, but it's already beaten Snapchat at its own game. Today, the photo-sharing network is taking yet another swing at its rival with a new feature that lets you reply to Stories with a p…
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Nike will also sell sneakers on Instagram

Turns out Nike will soon start selling sneakers and other sporting goods not only on Amazon, but also on Instagram. Nike CEO Mark Parker has revealed during the brand's Q4 earnings call that the company will sell goods directly on both platforms, tho…
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Instagram introduces face filters complete with koala ears and crowns

If you’ve been craving animal ears and crowns for your Instagram selfies, the Facebook-owned company is here to save the day as their newest update brings face filters and more to the platform. Join us after the break for the details. In a not-so-subtle jab at Snapchat, Instagram’s face filters will work with both the front […]

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FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins…
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Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in your feed

In recent months, Instagram has taken some long-overdue steps to reduce abuse on its platform and generally make the experience better and safer for all users. Today, the company has announced another change in line with those goals. When you're brow…
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Instagram nabs 400 million daily active users less than a year since its previous milestone

Instagram now has 400 million daily active users. The photo-sharing app’s unabated growth has seen it add an extra 100 million new daily users to its already impressive tally in just over seven months.

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Instagram now lets you save your edited photos as drafts

Like to jazz up your Instagram pics before sharing them? Then you’ll love the app’s latest feature, which allows you to save your edited photos as drafts. In testing since July, the feature is now officially available to everyone.

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Weekly Rewind: Stainless clothing, an Instagram flaw, the Stones vs. Trump

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories.

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Facebook pays 10-year-old $10,000 for finding Instagram security flaw

A 10-year-old from Finland recently found a security flaw on Instagram that allowed him to delete any comment on the site. His reward for reporting the flaw? A cool $ 10,000. Ironically, the youngster isn’t old enough to have an Instagram account.

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Today’s Instagram update contains just small cosmetic changes

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Earlier today, Instagram started pushing out a small update to users of its Android app. It includes just two small cosmetic changes that the average probably won’t even notice.

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Notice anything?

If nothing jumped out from the screenshot above, I’ll just tell you what Instagram changed:

  • Icon for Instagram Direct, the feature that allows direct messaging between users, now sits within a circle of a lighter shade of blue
  • Timestamps have moved from the top of posts to beneath the comments section

In 2016, Instagram has been pretty active pushing out little updates like today’s in addition to implementing new features. Multi-account support came in February and Instagram started showing video views days shortly after. Then Instagram brought in two-factor authentication to enhance security for users worldwide.

Instagram actually started the year by hiring Twitter’s Kevin Weil as its Head of Product. Since then, the Facebook-owned service began cracking down on users who promote other social media profiles on Instagram.

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Instagram on Android gets features for ‘3D Touch’

Pressing a photo a little longer on Instagram for Android now gives users the previously Apple exclusive Force Touch features.

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Instagram unveils multi-account access for Android beta users

Instagram is taking a page from Twitter’s book by allowing its app users to stay logged in to multiple accounts at the same time. The feature is rolling out to Android users who are part of Instagram’s Play Store beta testing program.

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Instagram adding multi-account support to Android app

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Instagram users who need to manage multiple accounts will be happy to hear that the social network platform is finally adding the ability to switch between multiple accounts without first logging out. The update is included in a new version, number 7.12.0 that is starting to rollout to some users, although the new feature is not showing up for everyone with this update, so a server side change may also be necessary.

The initial addition of an account is achieved via a new menu entry on the Settings page of the app, where users can access a menu to either add an existing account or create a new one from scratch. Once a second account is added, users can switch between the accounts by tapping on the username and using a drop down selector accessed on the profile page. Testing indicates Instagram displays a toast message to let users know they have successfully switched accounts.

If you want to check for the availability of this new feature, you can download the apk below and hope that your account is one of the accounts that Instagram added this new function to.

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Instagram adding several new features to Instagram Direct

instagram directInstagram Direct is the social media site’s way of directly sharing content with friends and family, and it’s been a success for the site since it launched a few years back. Today, Direct is getting some new features to make it even better, including threaded messaging and a way to share photos and videos on your feed straight to specific people.

The threaded messaging feature makes Instagram Direct work pretty similarly to text messaging and group messaging. The threads will follow conversations depending on which people are in the conversation, and you can name groups and quickly share things through a dedicated camera button and emoji sticker button.

Instagram is also pushing the sharing aspect of the site, adding a share button directly to posts next to the comment and like button. This will let you send content to direct messages and groups, and is designed to skip the step of mentioning someone in an Instagram comment.

Privacy hasn’t changed with these new features, so anything you share directly will only be seen by whoever you specify, and the photos and videos will only be visible to people that could already see the content normally, so you won’t be able to circumvent private accounts this way.

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