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Instagram is testing new accounts for influencers and celebrities

Instagram is testing new accounts for influencers and celebrities

As it stands, high-profile Instagram users have an experience that's pretty much the same as an average user's. That may not be the case for much longer, as Instagram has revealed that it's testing new "creator accounts" for celebrities, influencers, or pretty much anyone with a substantial following on the platform. These new account will give those creators more insight into how their content performs on the social media site.

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Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram is rolling out voice messaging support to all users across the globe, the company has confirmed. With the new feature, which was first tipped earlier this year, users are able to easily send brief voice messages to another user privately, a feature already available on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

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Instagram Close Friends list locks Stories down to your VIPs

Instagram Close Friends list locks Stories down to your VIPs

Feel free to retire your finsta, with Instagram adding the ability to limit which of your friends can see your Instagram Stories. The new Close Friends feature adds an extra level of control over who can view photos and videos shared on Instagram, without being as restrictive as a completely private account.

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Top 10 Instagram users as of November 2018

Top 10 Instagram users as of November 2018

Today we're taking a peek at an interesting statistic from Instagram, one of the world's most popular social networks. Instagram stands alone on the web as a photo-centric app that allows celebrities to get up close and personal with fans - so to speak. While Twitter remains the best place to scream about politics, and Facebook is best for sharing photos with your mother, Instagram seems to be the place celebrities stake their claim over fans on the web.

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Instagram tests cleaner, simplified user profile design

Instagram tests cleaner, simplified user profile design

Instagram is testing redesigned user profiles that enable users to "better express" themselves and connect with other users. The company says that some of its users may be seeing the new design at some point in the next several weeks, either on their own profile or others. The changes include re-arranged buttons, icons, and tab navigation.

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Instagram declares war on fake likes

Instagram declares war on fake likes

Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook obviously attract a ton of people, and when you have platforms as massive as these are, some have the temptation to artificially inflate things such as likes and follows to increase their popularity. This is something that runs rampant on pretty much every social media platform out there, and today, Instagram announced that it has had enough.

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Instagram feature accidentally leaks passwords, affected users warned to update

Instagram feature accidentally leaks passwords, affected users warned to update

Another week, another security issue related to Facebook or one of its properties. This time it's Instagram, which has disclosed that a "small number" of users' password were exposed as plaintext. This was the result of a bug in the tool that lets users download all of their own data from the social network.

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Instagram Shopping adds three big features for the holidays

Instagram Shopping adds three big features for the holidays

Instagram has launched new features for the holiday season, including the ability to save a shopping collection, shop for goods through business profiles, and shop from feed videos. This is the latest expansion to Instagram’s Shopping platform, which brings e-commerce to the traditionally photo-centric platform.

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Instagram taps machine learning to detect online bullying

Instagram taps machine learning to detect online bullying

Instagram has revealed new tools that target bullying and other hurtful content, the aim being to reduce negative interactions on the site and improve the experience for everyone. As well, the company has introduced a new camera effect that it says will help "spread kindness" among users, at least when they're using the Stories feature.

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Instagram might soon hand your location to Facebook

Instagram might soon hand your location to Facebook

Instagram’s co-founders have resigned over their disagreement with how Facebook mishandled of users’ privacy. Now it seems their fears were well founded, if there were still any doubts in people’s minds. Not long after their resignation, there are already leaks pointing to how Facebook might use its now greater controller over Instagram to its benefit. Including handing over Instagram location history for Facebook’s own use.

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Instagram adds customizable nametags for IRL profile sharing

Instagram adds customizable nametags for IRL profile sharing

Instagram has introduced a new feature called nametags that makes it easy for new people to quickly follow a user's profile. The feature is exactly what it sounds like -- a nametag generated for the profile that can be presented to other users. These identification cards, as Instagram calls them, are customizable and can be scanned.

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Instagram co-founders resign, magnifying Facebook doubts

Instagram co-founders resign, magnifying Facebook doubts

As if Facebook didn’t have enough headaches, here comes one from what many see as its one untarnished property. Although it isn’t official yet, insiders report that Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the duo that created and, until now, ran the social networking marvel that is Instagram, have resigned and will be leaving the company in the coming weeks. In addition to putting into question the future of Instagram itself, it also casts doubts on the stability and sustainability of that other social network giant, Facebook.

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