Instagram Overview Updated September 22, 2022

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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 September 22

Update: An hour after the outage started, Instagram says it fixed the issue.

Instagram is currently down, according to Twitter users. This information was also confirmed by 9to5Mac‘s staff. The Meta-owned platform is currently facing an outage as users around the world complain about the feed not working, problems with checking DMs, and more.

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Meta has confirmed that it is developing a way of allowing users to automatically block nude photos in Instagram DMs. While the nature of the images that can be detected isn’t specified, one hopes it will block unsolicited nude photos to which too many women are subjected …

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Meta is facing a class action lawsuit after both Facebook and Instagram were found to be using an App Tracking Transparency workaround to track users on the web, even after they were denied permission to do so.

The company is accused not just of breaking Apple’s privacy rules, but also violating both state and federal laws …

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Instagram Stories September 20

Execs from Instagram and Pinterest have been ordered to appear before an inquest into the death of a 14-year-old girl, Molly Russell. Russell took her own life after using the apps to view extensive material on self-harm, depression, and suicide.

It’s the latest development in growing concerns about the impact of social media platforms on the mental health of teenagers, girls especially …

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Instagram Stories September 15

Instagram for iOS recently made a controversial change to how it handled the sound for Stories. The app used to respect your iPhone’s silent switch and mute Stories when in silent mode, but it recently started playing sound for all Stories regardless of your iPhone’s setting.

Thankfully, an update released today seems to have reverted the behavior back to normal…

Update: In a statement to 9to5Mac, a Meta spokesperson attributed this to an iOS bug and confirmed that the latest Instagram for iOS update fixes it.

“This issue has been resolved with the latest version of Instagram for iOS – please update to the latest version of the app available in the App Store.”

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Instagram Stories September 5

Instagram has received the second-highest fine under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation with a €405 million bill – the highest was a €746 million penalty to Amazon last year. This fine is due to a violation of children’s privacy, including the publication of kids’ email addresses and phone numbers.

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Instagram Stories August 30

Instagram is focusing more than ever on creators. While it had created a few controversies with its video-focused feed that even involved Kardashians, the company is now planning to bring more ways to control what users see on the platform and improve their personal algorithm.

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TikTok mental health videos inaccurate and irresponsible, say experts

A growing number of TikTok mental health videos are posted by people with no qualifications, and the information they post is often inaccurate and irresponsible, say experts …

Instagram Stories August 26

Multiple viral posts are making their way around social media claiming that Instagram is sharing your precise location with your followers. Instagram has denied these claims, and there are actually protections in place within iOS to further protect your data. Here’s what you need to know…

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Instagram Stories August 25

Instagram currently offers options for teens to restrict how much sensitive content they see on the social network. In June, the platform added an option that further limits such content. Soon, this option will come enabled by default for teen Instagram users.

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Instagram Stories August 23

BeReal clone being tested by Instagram as Candid Challenges

It was only a matter of time before one of the established social media apps created a BeReal clone, and it seems Instagram is in the running as it confirms an “internal prototype” feature called Candid Challenges …

Instagram Stories August 16

Meta on Tuesday announced some new features coming to Facebook and Instagram users as the company is focused on competing with TikTok. In addition to a new way to create Reels using previously shared Stories, Instagram users can now cross-post Reels to Facebook.

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Instagram Stories August 11

One of the more annoying things some apps do is incorporate their own in-app browser, opening that for web links instead of respecting your chosen default browser.

This has long been a nuisance, but a developer has now explained the security risks of doing so, especially when dealing with companies not noted for their privacy standards – like Facebook

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Instagram Stories July 28

Instagram is walking back some of the controversial changes it has recently made. In a new interview, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri explained that the company needs to “take a big step back and regroup” following the criticism recent changes have received.

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Instagram Stories July 26

Reality TV celebrities Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian have lashed out at the Instagram video pivot, saying that the app should remain focused on photos. They call on Instagram to “stop trying to be TikTok.”

Instagram head Adam Mosseri responded with – what else? – a video in which he effectively shrugged, and said the transition is happening whether or not the company encourages it …

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Instagram Stories July 22

Creating Instagram Reels has been made easier than ever, with a number of new features added by parent company Meta. The company has also confirmed earlier reports that all short videos posted to Instagram will be shared as reels.

These include templates with placeholders to insert your own clips, and a whole bunch of new ways to create reaction videos …

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Instagram Stories July 20

Instagram this week announced a new map experience that is now being rolled out to users on iOS and Android. With this new experience, users will be able to easily discover more places nearby and see what other people are sharing there.

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Instagram Stories July 14

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

If you’re having trouble when trying to access Instagram today, it’s not just you. The Meta-owned platform is currently down for some users around the world – although other people are still able to access it normally.

Instagram Subscriptions has yet another feature coming to the social media to help creators increase revenue while also making the app more attractive than its current competitor TikTok. Here’s what’s new.

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Instagram Stories July 11

Instagram gets serious about streaming with OBS and Streamyard integration for desktop

Ready, set, go live! Instagram has begun testing its Live Producer feature, allowing users to go live on a desktop while using streaming software.

Instagram Stories July 5

Content creators can now buy insurance for their Instagram accounts

For content creators, the fear of getting hacked and losing access to your account is a real concern. Well, Israeli startup Notch has a solution for that with its Instagram insurance policies, according to TechCrunch.

Instagram Stories July 1

TikTok versus Reels battle set to intensify as Instagram tries new experiment

The video shorts battle of TikTok versus Reels looks set to intensify. After Instagram essentially copied the 15- to 60-second video short feature from TikTok, branding them as Reels, the company is now considering turning all Instagram videos into Reels. What would that mean … ?

Instagram Stories June 30

In order to comply with Apple’s new App Store Review Guideline, Instagram announced it now lets any iOS user delete their account on the social media from within the iPhone app – previously, it was a bit tricky to do just that.

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Instagram Stories June 23

Instagram age verification – or rather, lack of same – has been a hot-button issue for some time with both parents and lawmakers. App owner Meta has so far made no effort to ensure that claimed user ages are correct but says that it is now testing three verification options.

However, even if one or more of these are implemented, it still won’t prove much of a barrier to underage kids who claim to be older …

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