After rolling it out for Instagram Live, Instagram is now testing a dedicated fundraising feature on the platform. Users in the UK, Ireland, and the US can now host fundraisers for their small business, for a friend, or for any other personal cause.
It’s no secret that Instagram likes to… “borrow” features from other popular apps. After creating Stories and disappearing messages like those on Snapchat, Instagram now takes on TikTok. The new feature called “Reels” is coming to Instagram, and it’s referred to as a “TikTok clone.” After recently being rolled out in India, Reels is about to be introduced for US users as well.
We’ve seen all kinds of stupid stunts people pull off just to take a photo. Nothing can shock us anymore, right? How about a father who is dangling his young son over a cliff for a photo? Yes, that happened. A man in China was caught on video as he was dangling a young boy over a cliff while another man was taking photos.
I believe most of us use Instagram, either for personal or business purposes. Therefore, I want to warn you that there seems to be a new phishing scam going around on Instagram at the moment. By sending fake copyright notices, hackers are trying to get your account details and hack your account.
If one thing’s for sure, no matter what’s going on in the world, no matter how bad, how serious it gets or what the potential consequences may be, people will do stupid stuff for social media. But that stupid stuff does not go unnoticed. After a number of social media “influencers” were seen to be exploiting Black Lives Matter protests for photoshoot opportunities, they started getting called out.
Ironically, perhaps, the one doing the calling out goes by the name of Influencers in the wild. George Resche, the man behind the account, says he originally started the profile as a joke, but it gained steam and gained a massive following. Now he’s using his platform to call out those taking advantage of the protests for personal gain.
Well, this is a shocker. Image sharing platform Instagram has weighed in on the whole embedding thing after a second case has arisen involving post embedding and copyright infringement. Instagram has come forward, telling Ars Technica that it does NOT grant a sublicense to anybody who includes a public Instagram post in a website via its embed feature.
The news seems to not only contradict the assertion of a New York federal judge but also most peoples interpretation of Instagram’s own terms and conditions. But the short version is that you are now required to have permission from the person who posted the image before you embed or share it on your website. Which is a pretty massive shift in attitude, considering the site’s been around for almost a decade and is only now clarifying the issue.
Instagram’s anti-spam system is programmed to recognize and prevent repeating activity that quickly grows on the platform. However, it looks like it has been working too zealously since some users have reported that they were unable to share posts with #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. Instead of sharing the post, they would get an “action blocked” message from Instagram.
Olga Shirnina, also known as Klimbim, is one of the leading colorization artists who gives new life to historic images. However, her work has been banned from Facebook and Instagram several times now. Since September last year, her accounts have been suspended multiple times for posting images that depict “dangerous organizations.”
Facebook has just bought GIPHY, the popular GIF-sharing platform. According to the announcement, the company plans to integrate it into Instagram, making it easier to find and use gifs in this app. The details of the price haven’t been disclosed, but an official information is that it cost Facebook $400 million.