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Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones

Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones Like Patrol bills itself as a way to keep tabs on your partner's likes on Instagram. But the social network has sent a cease-and-desist order after CNET contacted the company. A new app is looking to revive one of the creepiest Instagram features and encouraging people to spy on their significant others through social media. Critics said the app's offerings make it resemble stalkerware.  In early October, Instagram killed off its "Following" tab, which told people what posts and accounts their friends were interacting with. It would let you know whose posts they liked and what comments they left on other people's feeds. The tab was widely regarded as a stalking...

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Mark Zuckerberg is adamant that Instagram should not be broken off from Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg is adamant that Instagram should not be broken off from Facebook Zuckerberg laid out multiple arguments on Wednesday’s earnings call for why Instagram should not be split off from Facebook as regulatory scrutiny picks up.  Facebook’s CEO said Instagram was “in some ways” a competitor at the time of the 2012 acquisition, but their core offerings were very different. Instagram “wouldn’t be what it is without everything that we put into it,” Zuckerberg said. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a full-throated defense of his company’s ownership of Instagram on Wednesday, describing the hefty competition that the combined company faces in the market. Speaking on a call with analysts following Facebook’s third-quarter earnings report, Zuckerberg was asked how the increased regulatory scrutiny...

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No evidence disclosure hurts Influencers: Instagram

No evidence disclosure hurts Influencers: Instagram A senior Instagram executive says there is little evidence that sponsored posts don't perform as well as regular posts and transparency on partnership content is key to building trust. Instagram fashion and beauty partnerships manager Kristie Dash has said influencers should not be afraid to label as 'sponsored' as more attention comes on the disclosures made by users when partnering with brands. "Nobody wants their feeds to feel like one big ad and so, I get why there is a hesitancy [about being transparent with posts]. At the end of the day, if you're not being transparent with your followers, you'll lose trust over time," Ms Dash said. Ms Dash, who is based in...

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Instagram Story Features Explained

Instagram Story Features Explained After Instagram launched some new story features recently, we figured we’d take that as an opportunity to talk all things story. There’s so many fun ways to amp up your Instagram Story game, especially now with the new updates. Instagram is making it easier and easier to interact with your audience, even if you don’t have stunning visuals or professional videos. When you open Instagram and add to your story, you’ll see different options at the bottom of the screen: Live, Create, Normal, Boomerang, Superzoom, Hands-Free and Music. You can swipe through these to change the kind of content you want, so let’s just start going through the features from left to right. Live Instagram Live...

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Instagram test helps you choose people to unfollow

Instagram test helps you choose people to unfollow Use Instagram for long enough and you'll probably rack up a few contacts that you don't really care about -- someone you followed on impulse and quickly forgot, perhaps. You might have a way to prune those unnecessary connections before long. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has discovered that Instagram is testing a way to group followers into categories, making them "easier to manage." You could look at the "least interacted with" crowd to unfollow a bunch of them en masse, or browse just those accounts posting artwork. As with many tests, there's no guarantee this will be ready for widespread use in the near future, if at all. It's easy to see Instagram rolling this into a...

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