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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

Instagram for iOS makes it easier to manage third-party services linked to your account

Instagram is adding new ways for users to control the data they share with third-party apps. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new option in the Instagram app where users can see all of the third-party services with access to their account.

Instagram Stories October 8

Instagram adds new ‘Create’ mode for Stories with ‘On This Day’ and more

On the heels of adding Dark Mode support yesterday, Instagram today has expanded its Stories functionality with new features. As detailed by TechCrunch, there’s a new “Create” mode for Instagram Stories that essentially turns “Throwback Thursday” into an official feature, as well as much more.

Instagram offering a clever, simple way to identify phishing scams

Instagram is rolling out a really neat way for users to identify phishing scams. If you receive an email claiming to be from the company, you can easily check in the app…

Instagram Stories October 7

Nearly three weeks after the release of iOS 13 to the public, Instagram for iOS has been updated with Dark Mode support. The new design is a mix of dark gray and black, and matches the system-wide setting in iOS 13.

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Instagram removes ability to see others’ likes, comments, and follows from Activity tab

Instagram is removing a controversial feature that had been in place since 2011, the Following tab in the Activity feed. Now the feed will focus on your own activity.

Instagram Stories October 6

Instagram testing support for Group Stories after similar feature was dropped from Facebook

Facebook rolled out Group Stories earlier this year, only to subsequently shut the feature down last month. Now, the company appears to be taking the feature to Instagram instead, according to evidence found by Jane Manchun Wong.

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