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Instagram reposts may be outlawed soon

Instagram reposts may be outlawed soon

Facebook and Instagram Rights Manager for Images now allows creators to claim ownership over imagery. This means they're able to work with Instagram and/or Facebook to issue takedown notices to accounts that re-post imagery - both manually and automatically. This system is live now - the effects of this system's release should appear this week.

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Facebook lawsuit targets paid-for Instagram likes and comments

Facebook lawsuit targets paid-for Instagram likes and comments

In an announcement on Thursday, Facebook detailed a number of lawsuits it has filed in the United States and the United Kingdom, including one that targets 'abuse' of the platform in the form of paid-for likes, comments, views, and followers. In this case, the lawsuit is against a developer accused of repeatedly violating Facebook's Terms by offering these services.

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Instagram Suggested Posts add extra personalized content to feeds

Instagram Suggested Posts add extra personalized content to feeds

Instagram has rolled out a new element called Suggested Posts that places personalized content in each user's feed, displaying it at the bottom of the latest posts where they encounter the 'All Caught Up' message. The new suggested posts feature more content to scroll through, things Instagram thinks the user will like based on the kind of content they usually like, share, and view.

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Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Instagram's inevitable absorption into Facebook continues, with users beginning to see notifications that Instagram messaging is now merging with Facebook Messenger. It's the latest step in a strategy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apparently been focused on since 2019 or even earlier, bringing together the various apps the company operates with a single, unified backend.

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Instagram Reels is like TikTok with less controversy

Instagram Reels is like TikTok with less controversy

Instagram has added a new feature, Instagram Reels, but if you've used TikTok it'll all probably feel very familiar. Focusing on looping videos, Reels shoots 15 seconds of footage at most, and then offers up an array of audio, effects, and editing tools to chop up and remix that clip.

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Instagram tests personal fundraising tool in US and UK

Instagram tests personal fundraising tool in US and UK

Facebook has announced that it is testing personal fundraisers on Instagram, allowing users to raise money for the causes they support. This feature joins the similar fundraising option offered on the main Facebook platform, the company points out, though it is limited to users in certain regions at this time. Users with access to the test will see the new option in their Edit Profile settings.

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Instagram cracks down on posts promoting conversion therapy

Instagram cracks down on posts promoting conversion therapy

Facebook's image-based social media platform Instagram is cracking down on conversion therapy content, declaring that it will ban any content that promotes this unscientific practice. The platform's policies are being updated to include a global ban on any posts promotes or otherwise advertises conversion therapy, Instagram has confirmed.

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Facebook and Instagram users can now opt out of seeing political ads

Facebook and Instagram users can now opt out of seeing political ads

Facebook has announced that users in the United States, including those on Instagram, can now opt out of seeing certain types of advertisements on the social media platforms, including ones related to politics. Users may still see some of these types of ads even if they opt out, but Facebook is giving users the ability to tag advertisements that made it past the filters.

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YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

If you're all about the content created in TikTok but you're not excited about the negative news, YouTube might have your back. An update this week from Google's YouTube Help group showed how they were "testing out a way to record multi-segment videos." These videos will have "a maximum length of 15 seconds" - with as many tiny videos (inside a total of 15 seconds) as you like.

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Instagram’s new rules will soon let creators sell products in the app

Instagram’s new rules will soon let creators sell products in the app

Instagram Shopping, the feature that enables sellers to create a storefront showcasing their products to potential customers, is expanding to include a wider number of sellers, including creators. Instagram announced the change on Tuesday, stating that its Commerce Eligibility Requirements now cover more types of businesses, including small-time creators like soap-makers, artists, food bloggers, and more.

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Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

This week the Facebook for Android app updated the way they show their brand - with all sorts of icons. You'll see Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. This is just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Facebook's ramped up acquisitions of companies over the last several years. Do you know if your favorite app and/or service is owned by Facebook? Let's take a look at the list of names that are actually owned and/or run by Facebook, from top to bottom.

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Instagram adjusting spam protocol as Black Lives Matter posts flood the platform

Instagram adjusting spam protocol as Black Lives Matter posts flood the platform

This week a flood of posts to Instagram triggered a protocol built in to the platform to combat spam. One element isn't enough - a billion posts with the same hashtag posted in quick succession probably wouldn't have any problem on Instagram. But a billion posts with the same hashtag and the exact same image, all at once - that's where Instagram's automatic spam protection comes in to take action.

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