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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 11

Facebook recently had a very busy week with two outages that took down all of the company’s social networks. Following these two incidents, Instagram is now testing alerts to inform users of ongoing outages on the company’s servers.

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There’s been growing concern about Instagram teen usage after leaked internal reports suggested that the app could be unhealthy for some teenage girls. App owner Facebook now says it is taking action to promote healthier usage.

Separately, an academic argues that lawmakers don’t understand teenagers, and that they are trying to legislate control of the wrong app …

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Instagram Stories October 8

Earlier this week, Facebook’s services went completely down for more than six hours. And now some users are reporting that Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp are not working again.

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Instagram Stories October 5

‘Instagram Video’ is the new home for your IGTV and feed videos

After a major outage yesterday, Instagram announced today that it’s combining IGTV and feed videos into one format called Instagram Video. Instagram Video is said to make it “easier for people to discover new video content.” This new tab will be available on the user’s profile just beside “Reels.”

Yesterday’s Facebook outage – which took down Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp as well as the main service – resulted from a mistake by the company’s own network engineers.

The mistake led to all of Facebook’s services being inaccessible, with one analogy likening it to a failure in the “air traffic control” services for network traffic …

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Instagram Stories October 4

Update: 5:55 p.m. ET: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger are slowly but surely coming back up after more than 6 hours of being down. Your mileage may vary for now, but the services are in the process of coming back to life.

Update 4:30 p.m ET: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp have now been down for five hours. In the latest update, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says that Facebook is “experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore.” There is, however, no timeline on when to expect the services to come back online.

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It’s not just you: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all currently down for users around the world. We’re seeing error messages on all three services across iOS applications as well as on the web. Users are being greeted with error messages such as: “Sorry, something went wrong,” “5xx Server Error,” and more.

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Instagram Stories September 30

Facebook is continuing to ramp up its efforts to deepen integration between Facebook and Instagram. This time, the company has announced a handful of updates to Facebook Messenger, including group cross-app communication for communicating with contacts from both Messenger and Instagram in one group.

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Facebook has attempted to defuse the controversy over its Instagram teen research by releasing two of the reports to the public, annotating them with what it says is important context.

The social network also accuses the WSJ, which obtained copies of the reports, of “mischaracterizing” their conclusions. The paper has not yet directly responded to that accusation, but has instead shared four more reports that Facebook did not make public …

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Instagram Stories September 29

Instagram today announced a new test for its Stories function. Starting today, Close Friends will be called Selected People and will let users select exactly who can see some of their Stories for 24 hours.

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Instagram Stories September 28

Facebook says it will make public two Instagram teen research presentations, following claims that these showed the app to be “toxic” to teenage girls.

The controversy over the studies has now reached Congress, with Facebook’s head of safety being called to testify before the Senate later this week …

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Instagram Stories September 27

Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, announced today that Facebook is pausing its Instagram for Kids project and building new parental supervision tools.

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An internal report describes a number of ways in which Instagram is harmful to as many as 20% of teenage girls using the app. It can increase anxieties about physical attractiveness, social image, and money, and even increase suicide risk, according to Facebook’s own research.

However, the social network says that the leaked report has been misunderstood …

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Instagram Stories September 24

Instagram has just released an update for its iOS app in the App Store that fixes two annoying bugs. The new version fixes the bug that resulted in Stories with no audio on iOS 15 and layout issues for iPhone 13 users.

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Instagram Stories September 11

It’s 2021 and Instagram still doesn’t have an iPad app. Instead, users are forced to choose between the subpar web or iPhone app experiences. In a new question and answer session this weekend, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri addressed the continued lack of an iPad app, and it doesn’t sound like things are changing anytime soon…

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Instagram working on new ‘Favorites’ feature to rank your close friends

Instagram is working on a new feature called “Favorites.” This one is being developed to work the same as a feature already available on Facebook that ranks people you want to see posts first on your timeline.

Instagram Stories September 9

Over the past few days, Apple Music users have been complaining that they are seemingly no longer able to share songs on Instagram Stories. Here’s the fix for this bug.

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Instagram Stories August 30

People will need to update their birthday info to keep using Instagram, Facebook says

To create “safer, more private experiences for young people,” Facebook said today that it will need people to update their birthday information to keep using Instagram.

Instagram Stories August 25

Instagram announced on Wednesday a new search system for its mobile app that will show suggestions for photos and videos instead of just user accounts, hashtags, and places. The feature, which is still under implementation, will make it easier to discover new posts about what the user is looking for — and looks a lot like what TikTok already offers.

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Instagram Stories August 24

Instagram for iOS working on the ability to like Stories

With Instagram revamping its Story feature over the past few months, soon users may be able to not only react and send GIFs but like people’s Stories as well.

Instagram Stories August 23

Instagram ditching swipe up gesture to access links, will replace with stickers next week

Instagram has started to notify users that the swipe-up gesture to access links is going away on August 30. The company will use a new link sticker instead.

Instagram Stories August 11

Instagram harassment protection stepped up, with three changes

Instagram harassment made the mainstream news recently when Black soccer players were subjected to racist abuse after the recent Euro 2020 final. The social network has now announced a new feature to protect against this, and strengthened two existing measures …

Instagram Stories August 2

PSA: Instagram is currently down for multiple users around the world [U: Fixed]

If you’re not able to use Instagram right now, it’s not just you. The social network is facing a widespread outage that has been affecting multiple users on Monday night. Based on reports from 9to5Mac readers and also Twitter, Instagram is currently down in different countries around the world.

Instagram Stories July 27

Facebook published today two articles about how to create a safer experience for young people on Instagram as well as how the company verifies whether someone is the appropriate age required to be on its platforms.

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Instagram Stories July 21

Instagram has today announced the ability to automatically translate text in story posts. The app has been able to translate text in posts and captions since 2016, and it’s now added this feature to Stories.

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