Earlier this week, iPhone users noticed a worrying bug in the Facebook app on their phones. As they would watch videos in their feed, the app would open the camera in the background. Facebook reacted after a number of reports, and the company says that the bug has now been fixed.
iPhone users have noticed a pretty worrying and creepy bug while using Facebook on their phones. It seems that the app was accessing the camera while they were watching videos or looking at photos on their News Feed. A number of users noticed a glitch and then discovered that their camera had been running in the background without their knowledge.
Instagram has launched a new feature for its users in Brazil, and it reminds a whole lot of TikTok’s best-known features. The new tool is called Reels, and it’s focused on short, creative video clips. It lets you shoot them, edit them, add music and adjust their speed. And if you use TikTok, then you know that this is very similar to its “Duet” feature.
Instagram will begin hiding the like counter for some people in the USA this week, according to Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri. The possibility that Instagram would implement hidden likes came about in April after a design prototype was leaked. By July, Instagram had turned off like counters for some users in seven countries.
The goal, they say, is to stop the jealousy that we often see on social media. Their plan appears to be working, as Instagram expands the test into the USA and even parent company Facebook plans to follow suit.
After posting a paparazzi photo of herself to Instagram Story, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski is being sued for $150,000. Photographer Robert O’Neil has filed a lawsuit against her, citing copyright infringement. He’s reportedly requesting damages, but also to be reimbursed for any profits Ratajkowski gained from sharing this photo.
An update to Instagram in August allowed users to create their own “virtual effects”, like animations and custom filters that could be applied to their images and videos. Some popular filters simulated the effects of plastic surgery. Effects such as lip injections, facelifts and complete facial structural changes. Research has shown that such effects make people feel worse about the way they look.
The company that creates the filters, Spark AR Creators, released a statement saying that they are “removing all effects associated with plastic surgery from the Instagram Effect Gallery“. They say that they “are re-evaluating our existing policies as they relate to well-being”.
I received a message via facebook messenger in my johnwilhelmisaphotoholic-fb-page inbox. A man introducing himself as Adam Torres told me he would like to buy my fb page. I clearly remember how I was laughing about it with my wife (who is actually my girlfriend but it confuses people all the time to have 4 kids with a girlfriend so I call her my wife) and how I wrote him back that I was not interested in money.
Instagram has just launched Threads, a new standalone messaging app. Just like sharing Stories and messages only with the people on your Close Friends list, it allows you to focus only on those you really care about. But it’s made to help you communicate with your friends more throughout the day. Perhaps a bit too much.
As you may know, Instagram is testing hiding like counts in seven countries. But according to recent reports, Facebook may soon follow. Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong discovered the prototype of hidden like counts in Facebook Android app. Just like Instagram’s tested feature, it shows a few people who liked your post but hides the total number of likes.