I guess we all know that most of the stuff on Instagram is fake: likes and followers, travels, faces and bodies, even pancakes! So it’s probably not a surprise that a young woman recently posted a fake hiking photo which was taken in her own backyard. But what makes it funny is that she got busted for it by her own sister.
Instagram has banned one of its major ad partners for scraping large amounts of user data. Francisco-based startup Hyp3r reportedly scraped public data such as users’ locations, profile information, photos, and even stories (which are supposed to vanish after 24 hours). The exact volume of scraped data isn’t known, but reports say that it could cover hundreds of millions of users.
Earlier this year, a leaked design prototype showed us that Instagram could start hiding like counts from your followers. The feature is now being tested and it hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in seven countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, and Japan.
As an attempt to make Instagram a friendlier place, the company has introduced a new policy regarding account disabling. From now on, Instagram will detect if you violate its policies, and warn you before disabling your account. This means that more accounts will be subject to deletion. But on the other hand, you’ll be notified if you’re in the risk of being banned, so you can make your future posts appropriate.
People of Instagram would do anything for likes, no matter how dangerous, disrespectful or stupid it is. The latest trend on Instagram is taking photos near or in “Novosibirsk Maldives,” a gorgeous azure lake in Siberia. The problem is that a nearby coal plant uses this artificial lake to dump ash, so it’s heavily polluted. But it seems that the Insta-craze has gone so far, that the company running the plant had to issue an official warning against swimming in it.
When you see thousands of “perfect” images on Instagram, it’s easy to think that other people are living lives that are better than yours. But a recent Facebook post from Jen Flint reminds us just how fake social media is and how easily it can fool you.
After seeing a mom staging a scene for Instagram by the poolside, Jen shared her observations with her friends. Her fantastic post quickly went viral, inspiring lots of young moms out there, but also sparking a lot of comments and critique.
I believe we’ve all noticed how many ads there are on Instagram. Although they’re already all over the place, there are going to be even more of them. Instagram has announced that it’s soon going to put ads on your Explore page, too.
It was more than once that Gigi Hadid was sued for using a photo of herself without permission or crediting the photographer. The famous model’s legal team claims that she’s totally entitled to it. They say that her using a paparazzi photo of herself constitutes fair use because she contributed to the photo with her smile and outfit.
Instagram can have devastating effects on mental health and self-confidence in teenagers. There’s even a study showing how it affects their view of themselves and their lives. But it seems that even famous pop stars aren’t immune to the negative influence of social media. In a recent interview with The Sun, Madonna strongly criticized Instagram, claiming that it was “made to make you feel bad.”