Kylie Jenner and her makeup collection have got under fire a few times so far. The young “media personality” announced her latest collection yesterday, and yeah – she got slammed again. This time, it was because she was promoting a makeup line with a heavy Instagram filter on her face.
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Social media have definitely reshaped our lives and our views of the world and ourselves. Therefore, there have been more and more studies researching how social networks affect us and what they tell about us. In a recent study, researchers at Arizona State University examined what our Instagram profiles tell about our relationships, and their findings may surprise you.
We’re all excited that we can finally get a COVID-19 vaccine. And when we’re excited about something, we tend to share it on social media. Well, before you post your vaccination card selfie on Instagram – think twice, and then don’t do it. Because if you do, you’re at risk of identity theft.
The speed of information flow on the Internet is a double-edged sword. While it lets us get informed about anything in no time, it also helps fake news spread like wildfire. This is why Google has joined the battle against doctored images. From now on, Google will fact check all the images you search and let you know if they’re fake.
Seeing all those amazing photos of perfect lives and perfect bodies on Instagram can make us feel jealous. We know that they’re posed and even fake, yet they can still make us feel that we’re not good enough. Because of this, Instagrammer Sara Puhto has built her Instagram account around body positivity and much-needed reality check. She shares side-by-side photos of herself that show just how big the difference is between real life and posing for social media photos.
As an attempt to stop fake news from spreading, Twitter is soon going to start labeling deceptive content. This includes “deceptively edited” photos, deepfake videos, and manipulated content that could cause “harm to physical safety, widespread civil unrest, voter suppression or privacy risks.”
Not long ago, Instagram rolled out a feature that flags fake photos. The main goal is to remove misinformation and fake news, but the feature seems to have gone too far. It’s now hiding all photoshopped photos, flagging them as “false information.” This could have implications for everyone who uses Instagram to showcase their digital artwork and image composites.
The world of Instagram influencers is a strange one. And certainly, to a large extent, a fake one. But what happens when influencers are ready to turn fake into downright dangerous? In a recent documentary by the BBC, three influencers were approached to promote a fake weight loss drink that contained cyanide. And they all said yes, agreeing to promote poison to hundreds of thousands of people.
After gathering more than one billion users on the platform, Instagram has finally decided check their age. Therefore, all new users who sign up will be required to enter their birth date. The social media giant claims that this will “prevent underage people from joining Instagram” and help to “build a safer experience for the youngest members.”