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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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Leaked Instagram feature lets users share other users’ photos

Leaked Instagram feature lets users share other users’ photos

Rumors about "regramming" on Instagram have been around for months, and though the feature still doesn't officially exist, new reports continue claiming it may one day be a reality. This week brings one such claim, with the report alleging that a "seamless sharing" feature is being tested internally as a way for users to share other users' posts.

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Instagram adds personalized Shopping channel to Explore tab

Instagram adds personalized Shopping channel to Explore tab

Following a leak alleging as much, Instagram has officially launched a new e-commerce feature in its main app. A new experience and an update to an existing one has arrived, the first involving a new Shopping channel located in the Explore tab; the other is an expansion of Shopping in Stories. The new shopping experience will be available globally.

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Instagram pop-up offers support for opioid addiction

Instagram pop-up offers support for opioid addiction

Instagram has started displaying a pop-up notification that appears when users search for certain drug-related hashtags. The message is a proactive way of encouraging users who potentially have a problem to get help. Included with the pop-up message is a direct link to support services, though users also have the option of viewing posts related to the hashtag.

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Instagram’s new guide helps parents protect teenage users

Instagram’s new guide helps parents protect teenage users

Instagram has published a new parents guide that helps adults manage their teen's use of the platform. The guide covers three primary topics, including managing user privacy, interactions on the platform, and time spent on the app. The guide helps parents understand how the tools on the app work and how to talk to their teens about use of the service.

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Instagram shopping app leaks as major e-commerce project

Instagram shopping app leaks as major e-commerce project

Instagram is developing an e-commerce app, according to a new report, which warns the project may be cancelled before it launches. This new project reportedly includes a dedicated app that'll enable users to directly shop for goods, also providing the many businesses already on the Instagram platform with a way to sell their products.

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Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

With one billion users around the world, safety and security should obviously top the list of Instagram's concerns. Today, the company announced another round of new initiatives to make Instagram a safer platform to use. The three-pronged approach mostly revolves around Instagram accounts with a large following, but there's also incoming updates to two-factor authentication that everyone will be able to take advantage of.

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Instagram users are falling victim to a strange hack

Instagram users are falling victim to a strange hack

If you have an Instagram account, you may want to take some extra precautions and do what you can to lock it down. That, of course, is always good advice, but at the moment it might be particularly important. Reports of hackers taking over Instagram accounts are starting to circulate, but this story is a fair bit more strange than you would initially expect.

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Facebook and Instagram launch new activity dashboards

Facebook and Instagram launch new activity dashboards

Facebook and Instagram can be good ways to keep in touch with friends and family, but they can also be major time pits. If you find yourself dealing with a bout of social media addiction, the new tools launching for both services might help you spend less time aimlessly (and endlessly) browsing. Thanks to leaks, we had an idea that these tools were on the way, but now it appears that they're ready for prime time.

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