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Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

It's safe to say that social networks these days are copying each other more blatantly than before. That sometimes goes not only for features but even the names for those features. We've seen that happen in Stories, Clubhouses, and short-form videos just to name a few. Now it seems that TikTok is once again the progenitor of a new fad, one that remixes one short video with another. TikTok called it its Duets and, after some time baking in limited testing, Instagram is now launching its own Remix on Reels.

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Instagram for kids under 13 is reportedly in the works

Instagram for kids under 13 is reportedly in the works

In many parts of the world, the ongoing pandemic has forced people indoors or, at the very least, reduced the amount of face-to-face social interactions. While teens and adults have flocked to social networks for their fix, younger kids are, at least legally, banned from such online forums. This age group, however, is also seen by many social networks and online platforms as a big and potentially profitable market and it's not surprising to hear that Facebook's Instagram is eying a version of its network made especially for very young users.

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Instagram now prevents random adults from messaging teens

Instagram now prevents random adults from messaging teens

Instagram has detailed a number of new changes intended to help protect young users on the platform, including teens and those who may be younger. Among the changes is a new limitation that will prevent random adults from sending direct messages to accounts belonging to teenagers, requiring the teen to first 'follow' the adult to remove the restriction.

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Instagram Lite expands to more than 170 countries

Instagram Lite expands to more than 170 countries

Social media has taken on an even more critical role in the past few months as the world navigates uncharted medical and political waters. Keeping in touch and getting updated with family and friends have become even more important in an increasingly quarantined world but not everyone has the luxury of powerful phones and fast Internet connections required by many social networking apps. To further increase its presence in markets around the world, Facebook is rolling out Instagram Lite to save users not just space on their phones but also precious Internet bandwidth.

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Instagram Live Rooms opens video streaming space for four

Instagram Live Rooms opens video streaming space for four

Instagram Live is getting support for up to four people in a single broadcast, doubling the number of participants as services like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces gain traction. Though not necessarily being pitched as an explicit rival to recent audio-focused hit Clubhouse, Instagram Live Rooms will make shared broadcasts much more straightforward.

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Instagram has a strong warning for users who send abusive DMs

Instagram has a strong warning for users who send abusive DMs

Instagram has had enough of users who send abusive and harassing private messages through its platform and is back with a strong warning for anyone who continues to do this. In an update on additional steps it is taking to reduce abuse, Instagram warned that it will be issuing 'stricter penalties' going forward.

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Instagram ‘Recently Deleted’ helps hack-recovery or changes of heart

Instagram ‘Recently Deleted’ helps hack-recovery or changes of heart

Instagram is adding the ability to retrieve deleted posts, with its new Recently Deleted feature bringing back accidentally or intentionally removed photos and videos. The new tool is not just intended for those who have a change of heart, the Facebook-owned social network says, but also as a way for those recovering an account after it was hacked to restore their original content.

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Instagram’s updated Stories design for desktop finally arrives

Instagram’s updated Stories design for desktop finally arrives

Following a test that first revealed the change a few weeks ago, Instagram has officially rolled out its updated Stories design on desktop. The new interface is a relatively small change from the previous iteration, making it easier for users to browse Stories from their laptop or desktop.

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The big Biden POTUS social media transfer 2021: Who controls what

The big Biden POTUS social media transfer 2021: Who controls what

Today Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. As it's been with the past couple of Presidents of the United States, this peaceful transition of power includes not only the metaphorical keys to the White House, but the admin powers to "official" social media accounts and webpages.

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Instagram on desktop is getting a fancy new Stories design

Instagram on desktop is getting a fancy new Stories design

Instagram is working on a new interface for its Stories feature on desktop, according to a new report, introducing a cleaner, more sleek way to view these short videos and ephemeral images. Most people watch Stories using Instagram's mobile apps, but the company has made a number of recent changes for its desktop users.

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Facebook warns ePrivacy Directive in Europe could be harmful

Facebook warns ePrivacy Directive in Europe could be harmful

It seems that Facebook is setting itself up as an enemy of endeavors to protect privacy even as it tries to argue how such attempts do more harm than good. In Europe, it is trying to explain why some features in Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram have suddenly become unavailable in order to comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (ePrivacy Directive). In the same breath, however, it is also suggesting that this new regulation could actually put users in more danger because Facebook won't be able to report harmful content and activity.

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Facebook Messenger, Instagram temporarily disable some features in Europe

Facebook Messenger, Instagram temporarily disable some features in Europe

Facebook has been on the receiving end of a lot of legislative inquiries and litigations around the world and it has lost many of those fights in Europe. It's not surprising, then, that it is trying to be too careful now that the region has passed new privacy-related rules. European of the social media giant's instant messaging services in Messenger and Instagram (which recently "merged") might now see a worrying notification when they try to use features. Facebook reassures that this situation is only temporary.

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