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Instagram has removed the IGTV button from its main app

Instagram has removed the IGTV button from its main app

In summer 2018, Instagram officially launched IGTV, its relatively new platform for sharing and finding videos. Though several million people have downloaded the app, that number only represents a tiny percentage of the company's more than one billion users, meaning it isn't terribly popular. Seemingly underscoring that fact is Instagram's decision to remove the IGTV button from within its app.

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Instagram test brings DMs to desktop, but only for some users

Instagram test brings DMs to desktop, but only for some users

Though Instagram is available on desktop browsers, the service is limited on the web when compared to the service's mobile apps. You'll need to download the mobile app to access a number of features, including any direct messages you've been sent. That has changed this week, at least for a percentage of users who have been included in a new Instagram test.

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Instagram cracks down on influencers who promote vapes and guns

Instagram cracks down on influencers who promote vapes and guns

Instagram is cracking down on influencers who promote tobacco products, including vapes, as well as weapons as part of their branded content, the company has announced. The restriction, which also applies to influencers on Facebook, revolves around what the companies consider 'branded content,' namely posts from influencers that are promoted by advertisers, as well as ones from users who are posting images intended to promote specific products and services.

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Instagram integrates Layout to take multiple photos in one Story

Instagram integrates Layout to take multiple photos in one Story

If a picture can paint a thousand words, multiple ones could probably paint a novel. Considering the number of photos and animated GIFs used in social media these days, that's no longer really just a figure of speech. That said, even the most photo-centric network is limited to the number of images you can take and post at a time, which is often just one. Instagram is now breaking down that wall by letting you take one photo after another and compose them into a single Story, all thanks to its Layout functionality.

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Instagram deploys AI to reduce offensive post captions

Instagram deploys AI to reduce offensive post captions

Instagram is using artificial intelligence to reduce the number of offensive captions on its platform. The company has already used this technology in an effort to get users to self-police the comments they leave on posts. The AI works by warning users that their commentary may be harmful to those who read it (attempting to call someone an idiot, for example, would result in a warning).

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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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