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Instagram debuts a new “Shoutouts” feature for Stories
Dec10

Instagram debuts a new “Shoutouts” feature for Stories

When a feature is so good you keep recreating and tweaking it; then it is possible that no one will remember whether it was copied from a major competitor or not. Instagram’s version of Stories has undergone all kinds of transformation, and things are really looking up for the ephemeral photo sharing app. In a bid to keep improving Stories, Instagram has reportedly launched a new “Shoutouts” feature. The Shoutouts feature will present...

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Instagram now sorts accounts you follow based on how active they are
Dec09

Instagram now sorts accounts you follow based on how active they are

Instagram wants to lend a helping hand to users who might be having trouble sifting through their long list of followers on the platform. The ephemeral photo sharing platform is adding a new feature that will keep your account clean and looking organized. A screenshot posted by social media commentator Matt Navarra on his Twitter page, shows how followers are now being sorted according to categories. From the screenshot, you can see...

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Ghosty app is finally booted out of the Play Store
Nov22

Ghosty app is finally booted out of the Play Store

Though, it is unclear whether Ghosty was booted out of the Play Store, or the developers did that themselves; what we do know is that it is no longer available for download. This may not be unconnected with a recent report where Android Police exposed the app as shady in terms of how it compromised the privacy and security of Instagram users—something that clearly violated Instagram’s policy. Android Police has published an update to...

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Instagram blocks Ghosty app for violating its privacy policy
Nov18

Instagram blocks Ghosty app for violating its privacy policy

Ghosty, an app that allows you to access a website without letting trackers know your true identity has been removed by Instagram for violating its policy on privacy. The app takes advantage of Instagram’s API to create a haven for stalkers, Android Police reports. The app does this by crowdsourcing the data of its registered users’ Instagram accounts. With this, Ghosty is able to allow anyone access many private profiles of people on...

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Instagram extends hiding “Like” counts to handful of users in the US
Nov10

Instagram extends hiding “Like” counts to handful of users in the US

Apparently Instagram is optimistic about its upcoming feature that allows you to hide like counts. Recall that the company launched a test of the proposed feature in Canada much earlier in the year. That small launch in Canada was soon followed by the addition of six more countries including Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Italy, Brazil, and Australia last July. The latest on that is that the ability to hide like counts is now being...

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Instagram is removing all AR filters promoting cosmetic surgery
Oct23

Instagram is removing all AR filters promoting cosmetic surgery

Per the BBC, picture sharing app Instagram has started removing all augmented reality [AR] filters that promote cosmetic surgery. This latest move is coming on the heels of concerns being raised by experts that such posts are harmful to people’s mental health. Among effects that would be banned or removed by Instagram include ones that depict lip injections, filters or facelift. The social media giant said per the BBC that its action...

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