Instagram Overview Updated July 18, 2019

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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 July 18

Instagram will now warn you before deleting your account

Instagram has made some changes to how it handles deleting accounts for things like hate speech, bullying, nudity, and other inappropriate content. Along with the policy update, users who are close to having their accounts removed will now get a warning notification.

Instagram Stories July 17

Earlier this year, Instagram announced that it was testing a design shift that would hide the number of likes on posts. Now, the company is expanding that design change to additional countries.

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Instagram Stories July 8

Instagram has a plan to defeat online bullying and negative comments

Instagram has shared two ways that it is working to combat online bullying on its platform today. Rolling out now is an AI feature that alerts users when they make what could be an offensive comment. The company is also going to start testing a new way for users to put restrictions on who can comment on their posts.

Instagram Stories July 7

A few weeks ago, I got asked by a local church to talk to their parents about strategies to help monitor their kids’ social media use. This topic is one I get asked about a lot, and I know that a lot of parents are struggling with it. When they brought me up there, they were looking for a silver bullet of an app, service, or method to use to help make sure their kids don’t get into trouble on social media. I started the talk with a simple statement: your kids don’t need social media accounts and you don’t either.

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Instagram Stories July 2

Instagram adds new chat sticker for easily creating group direct messages with Stories

Instagram is rolling out a new chat sticker type that it says will make it easier for users to create and join group conversations. Instagram announced the new sticker type in a post on Twitter this afternoon.

Instagram Stories June 17

Instagram account recovery getting easier, and username hijacks less likely

Instagram account recovery will be a much easier process thanks to a new in-app process announced by the company.

Currently, if you get locked out of your account, the recovery process is a manual one …

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