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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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Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

If it can't make you share more photos, Instagram instead plans to coax you into chatting, with a new feature underscoring the app's direct messaging. Although direct messaged have long been offered on Instagram, they're now getting status indicators which show whether someone is currently active.

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Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

As it stands, those of us with public Instagram profiles don't really have a way to quietly rid ourselves of annoying followers. They can be blocked, of course, but when you do this, they aren't able to access your profile at all, leading them to quickly find out they've been blocked and potentially confront you about it. You can also set your profile to private, but plenty of users would prefer to avoid doing that just to stop harassment from a few unsavory people.

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Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

Instagram is working on a new two-step verification option that will help protect users from SIM hackers, according to a new report. The platform's existing verification system works by sending a code to the user's phone via an SMS, but the upcoming system will rely on an authentication app like Google Authenticator. Confirmation of the new option follows a report earlier today highlighting SIM hijacking.

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Instagram outage has many users locked out of their accounts

Instagram outage has many users locked out of their accounts

Instagram has just confirmed that an issue impacting its service has prevented many users from signing into or otherwise accessing their accounts. Reports are coming in from all corners of the globe showing difficulties logging in, but some users report not being able to perform other actions, such as browsing images and uploading. The company says it is investigation the issue.

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