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Instagram will soon use age to offer tailored app experiences

Instagram will soon use age to offer tailored app experiences

Starting next year, Instagram says that some of its users will start seeing app experiences tailored to their age group, a move that is largely intended to help protect the platform's youngest users. The revelation is part of a larger announcement concerning changes coming to the service, another of which includes the new requirement for users to provide their age when creating an account.

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Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Instagram may have just changed the game they started. The photo-sharing platform started hiding likes that are usually shown under posts of random users. It doesn't affect every user for now, it's part of their ongoing tests to make Instagram a safer place on the internet, but this could soon become the standard for Instagram.

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Facebook Pay single payments system spans Zuckerberg’s whole empire

Facebook Pay single payments system spans Zuckerberg’s whole empire

Facebook is launching a new payment service, Facebook Pay, that spans not only the social network itself but Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. While each of those services already supports payments, the company is tying them together so that users will only have to enter details once if they prefer - though there's an upside for Facebook, too.

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TikTok alternative Instagram Reels released for lucky few

TikTok alternative Instagram Reels released for lucky few

Today Instagram launched an app called Reels, a direct alternative to the mega-popular music-based video social network TikTok. While TikTok has the youth market on lock, Instagram hopes to steal a bit of the pie with an as-easy-as-possible entry point for those users who already have an Instagram account. This system is currently only listed as the app "Cenas", and will eventually appear as "Insta Reels."

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Instagram stalking app Like Patrol gets pulled from App Store

Instagram stalking app Like Patrol gets pulled from App Store

Like Patrol, a mobile app that enables anyone to keep tabs on an Instagram user's activity, has been pulled from Apple's App Store. The move comes days after Instagram sent the developer behind the app a cease and desist letter demanding that it stop providing its service to users. Only days later, Like Patrol is no longer available to download on iOS.

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Instagram will test hiding likes in the US starting next week

Instagram will test hiding likes in the US starting next week

If you're located in the United States, you'll notice a big change to the way posts on Instagram look starting next week: they won't have visible 'likes,' at least for some accounts. The company has confirmed that it plans to start testing the hidden likes in the United States following similar tests in several other countries. Not sure what to expect? It's pretty simple.

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Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram remains one of the most popular image-centric social network today and perhaps the only Facebook property (aside from Oculus) that has remained largely untouched by privacy scandals. Its association to Facebook and its popularity, however, also makes it a prime target for less conscientious people who'd love to pilfer users' private information at every opportunity. Despite that imminent danger, it is only today that Instagram is rolling out a very basic switch to let users disconnect their app from any app they may have authorized in the past.

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Instagram Direct Messages may still be coming to the desktop after all

Instagram Direct Messages may still be coming to the desktop after all

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks on the planet but, for all its fame, it remains oddly tied to phones. Never mind the fact that its web-based desktop experience is a few steps from being deplorable, the mobile app seems frozen in a world where people use smartphones in just one and only one way. The Facebook-owned network is very slowly changing, like the standalone Windows desktop app that finally lets you fully upload photos barely two years ago. Its next trick, it seems, is to finally let IG users chat with each other not on their phone but on their desktop web browser.

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Instagram’s Following tab is going away and you’re probably okay with that

Instagram’s Following tab is going away and you’re probably okay with that

The Instagram mobile app is going through some changes, as soon the "Following" tab from the Heart menu will disappear. Instagram confirmed the news today, saying that it's removing the following tab for a number of reasons. Chief among them is that is seems most users didn't know it even existed.

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Instagram Threads Auto Status: The fine print

Instagram Threads Auto Status: The fine print

There's a new Snapchat sort of app available starting this week made by the Facebook-owned developers of Instagram. It's the latest attempt by Facebook - via Instagram - to capture the Snapchat-using youth. The kids don't want to share things publicly, so they share to friends on Snapchat. Threads just seems to want to have them share to friends on Instagram instead.

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Instagram now lets users quietly restrict online bullies

Instagram now lets users quietly restrict online bullies

The 'Restrict' feature first introduced earlier this summer is now available to all users on Instagram. The feature enables users to quietly restrict other users on the platform, reducing their presence on the user's account without alerting them to the fact that any actions were taken. In addition to hiding comments, messages from restricted users are sent to a hidden inbox and more.

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Facebook follows Instagram’s lead in testing hidden like counts

Facebook follows Instagram’s lead in testing hidden like counts

Back in May, Instagram began testing something of a controversial feature: it started hiding like counts on a public basis, meaning that content creators could still see their total number of likes on individual posts but those who were simply viewing them couldn't. Now, it seems that Instagram parent company Facebook is gearing up to test the same exact thing.

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