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Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Instagram has introduced some new tools intended to reduce cyberbullying and improve positivity on its platform. All users will soon have access to a feature that was previously limited to select accounts: the ability to disable comments on a specific post. As well, Instagram is adding a way to ‘heart’ individual comments, bump followers from a private account, and anonymously report certain posts.

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Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram recently introduced 'disappearing photos and videos' messaging, a Snapchat-'inspired' feature that allows you to send temporary content to someone directly, after which point it'll disappear. As with anything sent to someone else, though, the possibility exists that they'll save it, and the easiest way to do that is with a screenshot. Assuming someone does take a screenshot of your disappearing content, Instagram will send an alert letting you know.

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How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

How to use Instagram disappearing photo and video messaging

If you can't beat 'em, "borrow heavily" from 'em. Instagram isn't the only company to look to its competitors' strategies in order to keep pushing ahead, but the Facebook-owned photocentric social site certainly has a tendency to look to Snapchat for inspiration periodically. That seems to have led to the creation of Instagram's latest feature.

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Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Last month, hints surfaced indicating that Instagram is working on a live video feature. The move wouldn’t be surprising considering how many competing products already offer it. However, the company never outright confirmed that the feature is the pipeline…until now. Company CEO Kevin Systrom recently confirmed the news in an interview with the Financial Times, saying, “Live is really exciting for [Instagram]."

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Instagram Stories get mentions and Boomerang mode

Instagram Stories get mentions and Boomerang mode

Instagram has announced Boomerang mode for Stories; with it, users can generate mini videos composed of photos stitched together. The Boomerang videos play forward and backward, and can be shared as part of a larger story. Joining Boomerang mode is the addition of “@mentions” to stories, making it possible to mention other users the same way you would in a comment or caption. Instagram is also making it easier to 'see more' things related to stories.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter's Periscope — these social networks all have features that allow users to stream or watch live video from their mobile devices, and now it appears that Instagram is joining their ranks. Russian news outlet T Journal has discovered the functionality within the Instagram Stories feature, albeit in an incomplete, non-working state.

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Instagram, at long last, is officially on the PC

Instagram, at long last, is officially on the PC

It might sound hilarious, but there was a time when the measure of an operating system and app market’s success was whether it had Candy Crush and Instagram. In both those cases, Windows 8, especially RT, was an abysmal failure. Windows 10 did get a bit better, with Candy Crush as a launch title even. Today, another chapter closes and Windows 10 is truly on the road to perfection. Finally, there is an official Instagram app for Windows 10 PCs and tablets. And yes, you can actually upload photos from it.

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Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

If you've ever found yourself trying to come up with the perfect post for Instagram but just knew the creative juices weren't quite there at that moment, then chances are you'll be overjoyed to hear of the platform's newest feature. Instagram is currently rolling out a "save as draft" option across its apps, allowing users to come back to posts later.

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Instagram Stories can now be muted

Instagram Stories can now be muted

Instagram has released version 9.3 of its mobile app, and with it comes some new features related to Stories, including the ability to mute a story you don’t want to see and choose a color when adding text to a video or photo. The update, which is available for both the iOS and the Android app, also brings the comment filtering option we detailed yesterday, enabling users to better control what comments are allowed to appear on their content.

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Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram is launching comment keyword filtering for all users, hoping to cut down on harassment on the photo-centric social network. The new feature offers Instagram users the option to enable a preset list of potentially offensive words which, if they're spotted in another person's comment, will automatically see that remark removed.

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