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Instagram Stories can now be cross-posted on Facebook

Instagram Stories can now be cross-posted on Facebook

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that allows Instagram Stories to be cross-posted on Facebook, where they appear as Facebook Stories. Signs of this cross-posting feature appeared in recent days, and now the company has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to everyone with the exception of businesses. The functionality should speed things up for users who frequently post on both platforms.

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Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Another day, another Instagram Stories update. Instagram has been seemingly launching new features for Stories left and right, and just when you might think that it's running out of new things to implement, it comes right back and introduces polls. Beginning today, you can poll your friends in Instagram Stories and see the results of your poll in real time.

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Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram has tweaked its comment controls, adding more granularity over who can respond in an attempt to cut down on harassment and bullying. The photo and video social network has faced criticism for handling offensive and threatening comments against its users poorly, in addition to offering mediocre tools for them to manage their accounts. Indeed, until now it was effectively an all-or-nothing approach.

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WhatsApp blocked in China

WhatsApp blocked in China

It would appear that WhatsApp has caused China enough trouble that the government has blocked the app's usage entirely. This comes after weeks of smaller blocks within the app, including voice chats, the sending of photographs and other files, and video chats. Now Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software, suggests that China's blocked all communication with WhatsApp entirely, starting this week.

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Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram's user base keeps on growing, and that growth seems to be accelerating. Today Instagram revealed that it now has 800 million monthly active users, a figure that has added an impressive 100 million since April of this year. That's impressive growth on its own, but the climb Instagram has experienced in daily active users is even more noteworthy.

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Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

It appears Instagram will finally add a 'follows you' feature that makes it possible to see whether another user is following you on the social network. This feature has popped up in testing for users in the Android app, though it doesn't seem to be widespread at this time. The new 'follows you' tag appears on the the Instagram user's bio page, though if you're not seeing one now, the feature simply may not be available to you yet.

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Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Earlier this year, Instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. Those face filters served to further blur the line between Instagram and Snapchat, and today Instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to Live Videos. With this new feature, you'll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Following news that Facebook is testing Stories on its desktop product, Instagram has taken the plunge and launched its own Stories feature for desktop users, removing its mobile limitation. In addition, Instagram will soon allow its users to upload content to their accounts using mobile web instead of the app, though desktop users won't get that ability.

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Instagram brings portrait and landscape photos to batch posts

Instagram brings portrait and landscape photos to batch posts

It wasn't too long ago that Instagram introduced the ability to share more than one photo in the same post, and now it is improving that feature. Going forth, and assuming you've updated to the 12th version of Instagram on iOS or Android, you can upload more than one photo in the same post even if they have a landscape or portrait orientation, building upon the ordinary square that was previously supported.

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Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram's Direct messaging is getting an upgrade, with the ability to reply to posts with stickers or even split-screen selfies. The new feature is billed as a way to have "visual conversations" by the company, though without them taking place publicly. It should cut down on "what photo were you talking about?" confusion in chats, too.

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Instagram adds comment threads to make conversations easier

Instagram adds comment threads to make conversations easier

Instagram has finally introduced comment threads, making conversations easier to follow by indenting replies posted to specific existing comments. Threaded comments have already been available on Facebook for a long while, and they have made their way to some other services, too. It only makes sense to introduce them on Instagram, where viewers have the ability to comment on shared photos and videos.

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