Instagram Overview Updated July 27, 2021

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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 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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Instagram Stories July 20

Instagram for iOS introduces Sensitive Content Control

Instagram today announced a new feature called Sensitive Content Control that lets users above 18 years old choose whether they want to see more or less sensitive content. This feature is available under Instagram’s settings page, “Account,” and “Sensitive Content Control.” Users can choose between “Allow,” “Limit (Default),” or “Limit Even More.”

Instagram Stories July 19

Instagram working on new iOS widget to let users easily switch between accounts

Instagram seems to be working on a new feature for its iOS users. This time, the social network wants to implement a new home screen widget to let users easily switch between accounts if they have two or more profiles logged into the same device.

Instagram Stories July 15

Since Facebook acquired Instagram back in 2012, the company has made a handful of changes to make its ownership clear. Now, according to a new report from Engadget, Facebook is testing putting a new banner at the top of the Instagram app that invites users to check out… Facebook.

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Instagram Stories July 13

Instagram today is launching a new feature called Security Checkup, which will help people keep their accounts secure. In a blog post, Instagram says Security Checkup will “guide people, whose accounts may have been hacked, through the steps needed to secure them.

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