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Instagram Limits lets users lock down their accounts when bullies flood in

Instagram Limits lets users lock down their accounts when bullies flood in

Instagram's Adam Mosseri has published a new video addressing the presence of hate speech, including racism, on its platform, as well as some of the tools it offers users who want better control over what is said on their posts. In addition to those existing tools, Mosseri confirmed that Instagram is also working on a new feature called Limits that'll allow users to temporarily lock down their accounts.

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Instagram debuts Sensitive Content Control

Instagram debuts Sensitive Content Control

This week Facebook announced that it was launching a new Sensitive Content Control feature on Instagram. The new control allows users to decide how much sensitive content shows up in Explore. Facebook says it believes people should be able to shape Instagram into the experience they want.

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Instagram is giving up on what made it so popular

Instagram is giving up on what made it so popular

Instagram is chasing TikTok and YouTube into video, with platform chief Adam Mosseri arguing that it's "no longer a photo sharing app" despite how it may have started out. Taking a backseat will be the photos and traditional feeds that helped make Instagram so popular - culminating in its acquisition by Facebook - with things like full-screen video and more recommendations coming.

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Instagram desktop posting test has us crossing our fingers

Instagram desktop posting test has us crossing our fingers

Instagram desktop posting is being rolled out to select users, part of the social network's experiment to spread photo uploads from its smartphone apps. The feature - which allows users to add images to their Instagram feed from their computer - is one of the most persistent requests, though there's a fair chance that you may not see it on your account when you next log in.

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Twitter just prioritized iOS over Android again for Instagram

Twitter just prioritized iOS over Android again for Instagram

This week the folks at the development office at Twitter opened the gates to Instagram. If you're using an iOS device, you can now share Tweets from your Twitter app directly to Instagram Stories. This should curb the use of screenshots of Tweets in Instagram stories, as the developers at Twitter suggest. They said "pls stop posting screenshots of Tweets on IG Stories," so they were nice about it!

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Instagram Reels ads are here to monetize every eyeball

Instagram Reels ads are here to monetize every eyeball

Instagram Reels, the company's TikTok competitor, is going to start including adverts among its short video clips, expanding the marketing globally. It's the second big monetization push that Facebook has made this week, having announced yesterday that it planned to trial advertising in virtual reality experiences viewed through its Oculus Quest 2 headset.

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Facebook: Trump suspension end date confirmed with tougher rules

Facebook: Trump suspension end date confirmed with tougher rules

Facebook will allow former President Donald Trump back onto the social network in two years time, finally putting a date on when the controversial suspension will be lifted. Trump was barred from using Facebook and Instagram in January 2021, after several posts deemed to incite the riots at the US Capitol Building on January 6.

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You can hide “Likes” on Instagram and Facebook now: Here’s how

You can hide “Likes” on Instagram and Facebook now: Here’s how

Instagram and Facebook users will now be able to hide their public like counts, an unexpectedly flexible result to the experiment the social networks have been running into how visible popularity impacts usage. The new settings include not only the ability to remove like counts on your own posts, but prevent them from showing up in your timeline generally, too.

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Instagram on the Web might finally allow creating posts

Instagram on the Web might finally allow creating posts

Although it is one of the biggest social networks in the world, Instagram is able to get away with one rather big sin. It's still a mostly smartphone-only affair, refusing to embrace tablets and even desktops to some extent. While Instagram does have a presence on web browsers, it's meant only for viewing and, only recently, messaging with other users. That may be changing, however, and the Web interface might finally let users make posts while still ignoring tablets.

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Facebook Messenger gets Star Wars theme and better inbox management

Facebook Messenger gets Star Wars theme and better inbox management

Facebook has updated Messenger with some new features, including additional themes for stylizing the messaging app. Users get two new themes, including one based on Star Wars and another styled after the Netflix show Selena: The Series. As well, Facebook is making it easier to manage the chat threads in your Messenger inbox.

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Facebook shut down Signal’s ads because they exposed too much

Facebook shut down Signal’s ads because they exposed too much

Facebook has barred privacy-focused messaging app Signal from running a series of Instagram ads, which would have exposed just how much personal information the photo-sharing network - and its social media behemoth owner - has on individuals as they browse their timeline. Signal had intended to use Instagram's own third-party advert tools to reveal some of the precise targeting that advertisers can buy access to.

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Instagram automatic captions sticker: How and where

Instagram automatic captions sticker: How and where

This week the folks at Instagram released a system in which users can place a "sticker" in their video that auto-captions audio. This captions sticker was released to Stories for Instagram this week, and it may only be available for a limited set of users at first. If you've seen this same sort of functionality in Instagram before now, chances are you were using said feature with IGTV and the Threads app.

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