Instagram Reels update brings longer videos, new edit features
Now, users can create 30-second videos and extend the timer to 10 seconds while they are recording.
Facebook is giving creators more control over the usage of their images
Creators can choose to monitor the usage of their images, block it or attribute the right credit via an ownership link on the post.
Instagram Stories now show up on Facebook for some users as part of a test
Facebook has confirmed that only those who follow you on Instagram can view your Instagram Story on Facebook.
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Man selling fake Instagram likes gets sued by Facebook
Facebook has also sued MobiBurn, a developer that used malicious software to collect Facebook data from users.
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Instagram wants you to scroll forever as it now shows posts from strangers in your feed
Dear Instagram, please STOP ruining my experience on the app.
Instagram’s QR codes feature is rolling out globally
These QR codes can be scanned by any camera app.
First signs of a unified Instagram and Messenger chat finally appear with the latest update
A Messenger button now appears in the Instagram app, but cross-platform chat between Messenger and Instagram is not available yet.
Facebook is now sued over allegedly gathering biometric data on Instagram
Facebook may be facing new legal issues, as a new lawsuit claims that it has been harvesting biometric data from Instagram users
Instagram retained your private messages even after you deleted them
The bug was fixed earlier this month.
Instagram is shoving the Reels button on users’ faces
Instagram, please stop.
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Instagram will ask users to verify their identity if an account shows suspicious behavior.
If an individual refuses to verify the identity behind it, Instagram will reduce the visibility of content posted from that account and it will also be disabled.
Instagram rolls out a Personal Fundraiser feature in the US
As of now, the Personal Fundraiser feature is live on Android, but will soon be available on the iOS app as well.
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Reels, Instagram’s own TikTok rival, is set to launch in the US next month
Instagram will debut Reels in United States and more than 50 other countries in August.
Instagram’s revamped Shop experience in Explore goes live in the US
To make payments seamless, the company is also adding support for Facebook Pay that also supports biometric authentication as a layer of security.
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Instagram targets TikTok creators as Reels go live in India
India is the fourth country after Brazil, France and Germany, where Instagram Reels is currently being tested.
Instagram now lets all users pin comments to the top of their feed post
The pinned comments will help set the tone of the conversation by highlighting the positive responses and making it easier to manage negative reactions.
Facebook, Instagram now prominently advise you to wear a mask and read health tips
There’s also a link to CDC’s database where you can read more about the importance of wearing face masks and the preventive steps to keep yourself safe.
Instagram tests showing all your Stories on a single page
Some users now see a new ‘See All Stories’ button on the homepage that opens a feed where you can see all the Stories in one place.
Instagram will allow creators to hawk their merchandise in the app
Creators will soon be able to sell merchandise on Instagram by using shopping tags that direct the audience to their website for making the purchase.
Instagram to review how harassment, content distribution rules affect Black users
The Facebook-owned company will also assess the underlying systems to make sure that risks posed by algorithmic bias are brought under control.
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Instagram will soon monetize IGTV videos for online video creators to earn money
The ads will be built for mobile and up to 15 seconds long.
Instagram now lets you create Messenger Rooms for group video calls
You can create a Messenger Rooms video call group on Instagram Direct and can also make a link that you can share with your contacts.
Facebook launches Shops, an online marketplace for small businesses
A new live shopping feature is also being tested on Facebook and Instagram, and a dedicated Instagram Shop is also coming this summer.
Instagram Live videos can now last for over 24 hours by saving them to IGTV
Instagram now has a “Share to IGTV” option that will let users move live videos to IGTV in a jiffy.