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Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed

Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed

In the midst of the storm that blasted Facebook over the past two years, Instagram remained mostly unshaken and a shining beacon in the company's portfolio. Yes, it had its fair share of lapses, but those seemed to pale in comparison to Facebook's faults. Now, however, it seems that Instagram's past may be coming back to haunt it, as a still unresolved mystery may cause its most popular and most profitable users to lose trust in the social network.

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Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram announced the death of another feature this week, not long after rumors surfaced of the axing of public likes. This is just the latest in a line of changes for Instagram, an app and company that's coming closer and closer to its parent company, Facebook. I quit using Facebook a few months ago for all but the rarest family communication - is it time I gave Instagram the boot as well? NOTE: If it weren't clear already, the opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily shared by SlashGear or associated entities.

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Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

In late 2016, Facebook launched a fact-checking program designed to cut down on the amount of false information spread through its primary social network. The company currently has 52 fact-checking partners throughout more than 30 countries, and they'll soon turn their focus to Instagram, where an increasing number of false information is spread in the form of memes and photos.

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Instagram likes may not be public for much longer

Instagram likes may not be public for much longer

A future where Instagram hides likes from public view may not be very far off. The social media network has revealed that it's testing a dramatic shift in the way likes are displayed. The test is only going live in Canada for the time being, but once it does, only the person who published a post will be able to see the total number of likes it has garnered.

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The CIA plans to launch its own official Instagram account

The CIA plans to launch its own official Instagram account

The Central Intelligence Agency plans to launch its own presence on Instagram, the intelligence service revealed late last week. The agency hasn't provided many details about its plans for the upcoming Instagram account, but the new presence will join the CIA's existing Twitter account. Instagram has released a statement on the plan, revealing that it assisted the CIA with this launch.

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Instagram prototype hides likes for better focus on content

Instagram prototype hides likes for better focus on content

These days, social media can feel less like a useful way to keep in touch with friends and family and more like a popularity contest fueled by influencers and celebrities who attempt to get as big a reaction as possible on everything they post. Instagram may be looking to change that behavior, as it's experimenting with a new feature that will hide likes to everyone but the person who published the post in question.

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger are down: Here’s what we know

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger are down: Here’s what we know

Brace yourself, social media addicts: Facebook is facing a massive outage across its main Facebook product, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp. Users around the world report difficulty accessing these platforms, with many reporting that they are completely down. The problem started around 6:30AM ET, at least based on reports from users. The issue impacts Facebook's mobile apps and websites.

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Ignore Facebook’s security advice

Ignore Facebook’s security advice

It's time to change your Facebook password. Again. The social network argues today's revelation that "hundreds of millions" of users' passwords were saved, in plaintext and unprotected, where thousands of employees could have accessed them, isn't bad enough that those users affected should be forced to update their security settings. I don't agree.

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Instagram Checkout launches so you won’t have to leave the app

Instagram Checkout launches so you won’t have to leave the app

After getting your and your friends' data and bombarding you with ads, the next frontier for social networks is getting users to shop on or through them. Not even Instagram, who has evaded most high profile scandals last year, isn't immune from that desire. Granted, it already has a shopping feature but with the new Checkout feature that's rolling out, it will keep users from having to jump to brands' own online stores and, consequentially, keep most of the data for itself.

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Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Today a new program from Facebook was released in order to combat the sharing of intimate images without shared consent. This is sometimes referred to as "revenge porn" and it's become a major problem across all forms of social media in the past half-decade. Today Facebook's pilot program revealed over a year and a half ago live in a new security-aimed hub called "Not without my consent."

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Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

Facebook just announced the loss of two of its most major executives. One was the Facebook head of product, the other was the head of WhatsApp. Chris Cox has apparently been wanting to leave the company for "a few years," according to company head Mark Zuckerberg. WhatsApp head Chris Daniels has also "decided to leave the company" - and Zuckerberg's used the same language in announcing the apparent self-made decisions by both leaders. If we analyze the language used by Zuckerberg in his note today, we can glean a bit before we move on to more grand analysis.

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Facebook back online after hours of downtime: Here’s their excuse

Facebook back online after hours of downtime: Here’s their excuse

Facebook was down yesterday, resulting in troubles with all of Facebook's various properties. This includes WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook proper. This is a good example for why one should not rely on one company to provide all of one's means of communication. Today Facebook revealed the reason why it had some troubles in the last day - a "server configuration change." I mean, yes I'm sure that's possible, but really?

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