Instagram Overview Updated October 15, 2018

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Instagram is a social media service owned by Facebook for sharing photos and videos. Instagram launched in 2010 exclusively as an iOS app and didn’t come to Android and the web until 2012.

Facebook acquired Instagram in April of 2012 for $1 billion. Facebook also offered to buy Instagram’s closest competitor Snapchat back in 2013 for $3 billion.

In June of 2017 Instagram shared that it reached 250M daily users, surpassing its rival Snapchat by almost 100M. It also has over 700M total users.

Instagram has been criticized for taking popular features from Snapchat such as face filters, stories, and stickers. The company also has plans moving forward to introduce more business focused features.

Instagram Stories October 15

A few weeks back, Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger announced they were leaving Facebook six years after the initial acquisition. At the time, reports suggested a growing rift between Instagram leadership and Mark Zuckerberg, and now Systrom has publicly addressed the relationship for the first time.

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Instagram Stories October 11

Instagram is testing a major overhaul to how users navigate the application. As reported by TechCrunch today, Instagram is testing a “new way to move through posts” in its mobile app. This would allow users to tap to see the next post, as opposed to scrolling vertically.

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Instagram Stories October 9

Instagram’s latest anti-bullying initiative uses AI to detect bullying in photos

Instagram has announced that it is stepping up its anti-bullying efforts by using AI to detect signs of bullying in photos and captions …

Instagram Stories October 4

TechCrunch reports today that Facebook is testing a new privacy setting that would share location history from Instagram with Facebook. This news comes on the heels of the Instagram cofounders leaving the company, with Facebook’s former VP of News Feed being named Head of Instagram. The Instagram location sharing is still in the testing phase, but Facebook did not rule out a full launch.

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Instagram Stories October 1

Instagram updated for iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Instagram for iOS has been updated to support the new display resolutions on iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Version 65 is optimized for the larger display and new resolution which allows you to view slightly more content on the bigger screen.

Instagram Stories September 25

Instagram co-founders leave Facebook, hint that they will create an all-new app

Update: Facebook shares have fallen 2% in pre-market trading, which would wipe $11B from the company’s market cap if unchanged by the time the market opens.

Instagram’s two founders, who have continued work on the app since it was acquired by Facebook six years ago, have announced that they are leaving Facebook to work on something new …

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