Instagram has released a new set of tools made for determining the users’ age. If you claim that you’re over 18, you will have to provide the platform with a video selfie so that AI can take a good look at you. Alternatively, you may also be asked to submit a photo of your personal ID or have adult friends vouch that you are, indeed, older than 18.
If you’re making money from Instagram and Facebook content, here’s some good news. Meta has announced that it won’t take a cut of your revenue for another year. In the latest attempt to get you off TikTok, Meta says that creators will get to keep all of their earnings until 2024.
The parents of a young woman afflicted with a severe eating disorder are blaming Instagram in a lawsuit. Instead of blaming the content, however, they are targeting the accusations at the platform’s algorithms in an attempt to skirt around the Section 230 code.
The lawsuit filed in California federal court alleges Instagram’s parent company Meta purposely crafted products to addict young users, steering one 11-year-old girl down a years-long path of physical and psychological harm.
I think it’s clear to all of us that Meta is trying its best to look as much as possible like TikTok. Reels, auto-generated captions, and expanded search are only some of the features Meta copied for Instagram and Facebook. But now, the company has taken an extra step to look more like its biggest competitor. And this time, it’s wearing seven-league boots.
Meta is changing Instagram’s video preview (again) to look more like that on TikTok. And Facebook’s reportedly changing the entire algorithm to compete with the Chinese platform.
Instagram has introduced a new set of mindfulness-oriented tools. This time, it’s not about taking a break from scrolling, only about switching to a different topic if you’re dwelling on something long enough.
The new feature is meant for teens, nudging them away from content that might be harmful for them. However, users will get notified if they spend too much time exploring one topic, whether it’s considered harmful or not.
I think we can all agree that it’s easy to lose a track of time when scrolling through TikTok or Instagram. But in the latest attempt to seem like they care about wellbeing, TikTok has introduced some new features that will help you stop scrolling before you lose the entire afternoon staring at the screen.
From now on, TikTok will have additional time control features. Among the existing options, there are now a screen time dashboard and a “well-being guide” for teen users. Both are aimed to help people manage how much time they spend scrolling, and there are also prompts to take a break if you overdo it.
Instagram has recently unveiled a host of new features with its latest updates. From increased reel length to the ability to pin specific images to the top of your profile, the new features will give users more flexibility of options in how their profile appears.
Firsly, the length of reels has increased to a maximum of 90 seconds. The other major change to reels is that now users have the ability to import audio. Another new feature coming to reels is stickers. You can now stick them onto a reel, rather than just using them in stories. So your cat videos can now be longer, we can hear the cute purring, and they can have kitty stickers on top. Awesome!
As a photographer on the internet, I’m sure you’ve heard of plenty of scams people try to pull off. Some of them try to steal your money, and some of them want to hack your account. And sometimes it’s both.
Sadly, these things keep happening, and photographer Michael Trimboli has just spotted a new scam that’s going around on Instagram. If you’re a photographer or videographer, this one’s targeted specifically at you. So, pay close attention and crank up your skepticism to the max.
In the crowded and often distracting world of social media, finding your place and your people can seem daunting. The truth is, there are supportive, creative communities all around you — showing up every day to lift each other up, shout each other out and help one another get ahead.
For photographers, finding a passionate community on social media can lead to new connections, job opportunities and that creative spark you might be looking for.
We hosted our first-ever Twitter Space all about this topic and we’re thrilled that over 250 of you tuned in!
Listen to the recorded conversation below (it’s only available for a few more weeks!) and read on for a few inspiring takeaways from our co-hosts and guests, including photographers and creatives like Polly Irungu, Brayden Williams, Brent Lewis, Erika Rand and Aundre Larrow.