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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app "Threads" was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company's main social ecosystems. That'd likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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Instagram terms-of-service hoax: Who benefits?

Instagram terms-of-service hoax: Who benefits?

"Don't forget tomorrow starts the new Instagram rule where they can use your photos," reads the post. "Everything you've ever posted becomes public from today." Does this sound familiar? Celebrities like Judd Apatow and Beyonce's mother didn't think so. They decided to re-post iterations of the text to Instagram this week, resulting in the hoax spreading like wildfire across the fact of Instagram. Last we saw this hoax, it was on Facebook.

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Instagram users can now flag false content for fact-checker review

Instagram users can now flag false content for fact-checker review

Facebook has expanded its Third Party Fact-Checking Program to cover photos and videos shared on Instagram, the company has announced. Under this expansion, Instagram users can now flag content they believe is false, triggering a review from a verified fact-checker who will make the final determination about the content. According to the company, false content will be demoted, but not removed.

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Instagram plans to ban more users, but will alert them first

Instagram plans to ban more users, but will alert them first

Instagram has updated its account disable policy in a way that will potentially result in more accounts getting banned. The change was made in order to 'more consistently' enforce the company's policies, Instagram revealed in an announcement on Thursday. Under the new policy, users face getting their accounts banned if they receive or exceed a set number of violations within a limited period of time, among other things.

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Instagram ‘Restrict’ feature test lets users shadow ban bullies

Instagram ‘Restrict’ feature test lets users shadow ban bullies

Instagram has introduced a new feature primarily targeted at the young users on its platform who face bullying from other users. The company plans to start testing 'Restrict,' a feature that enables users to shadow ban bullies without alerting them to the change. Instagram has also introduced a new prompt that aims to reduce nasty comments from bullies.

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Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

What's the deal with Facebook right now - and what's happening with WhatsApp and Instagram? Several major social networks were effectively put out of commission this morning by a yet-unnamed software issue. While Snapchat and Twitter rest on different, separate servers from the rest, while the rest are owned by Facebook. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all under the one umbrella, also called Facebook.

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Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

With a social network as big as Instagram, users getting their accounts hacked and hijacked is a common problem. Instagram has rolled out some measures to keep accounts secure, but users are saying those aren't enough, especially when it comes to reclaiming a hijacked account. Today, Instagram detailed some more security methods for user accounts - including a way for users to get their usernames back, even after it's been changed by hackers.

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Instagram Stories can now automatically display song lyrics

Instagram Stories can now automatically display song lyrics

Instagram has made it easier for users to add lyrics to their Story posts, the company revealed in a small announcement on Thursday. The new feature revolves around the service's music sticker, and has arrived just in time to compete with TikTok's own new text option. With this new feature, lyrics automatically appear when songs play on an Instagram Story post.

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Instagram’s IGTV now supports horizontal videos

Instagram’s IGTV now supports horizontal videos

Instagram's standalone video platform IGTV finally supports horizontal videos, the company has announced. The video app was, until now, limited to vertical content, which is arguably better suited for mobile devices but overall less popular than landscape orientation. The change is based on feedback from both viewers and creators, according to Instagram, which revealed in a post this week that its users really want horizontal videos.

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Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed

Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed

In the midst of the storm that blasted Facebook over the past two years, Instagram remained mostly unshaken and a shining beacon in the company's portfolio. Yes, it had its fair share of lapses, but those seemed to pale in comparison to Facebook's faults. Now, however, it seems that Instagram's past may be coming back to haunt it, as a still unresolved mystery may cause its most popular and most profitable users to lose trust in the social network.

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Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram announced the death of another feature this week, not long after rumors surfaced of the axing of public likes. This is just the latest in a line of changes for Instagram, an app and company that's coming closer and closer to its parent company, Facebook. I quit using Facebook a few months ago for all but the rarest family communication - is it time I gave Instagram the boot as well? NOTE: If it weren't clear already, the opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily shared by SlashGear or associated entities.

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Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

In late 2016, Facebook launched a fact-checking program designed to cut down on the amount of false information spread through its primary social network. The company currently has 52 fact-checking partners throughout more than 30 countries, and they'll soon turn their focus to Instagram, where an increasing number of false information is spread in the form of memes and photos.

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