One of the most inconvenient things about Instagram is that it doesn’t allow you to send direct messages through the desktop app. Well, not for long, as it seems. Instagram is finally testing this feature, and it could soon become possible to read and write direct messaging on your computer.
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.
With its latest AI-powered feature, Instagram is continuing its fight against the abuse on the platform. From now on, if you try to post an image with an offensive or bullying caption, Instagram will warn you and ask you to reconsider it.
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.”
Last month, Instagram went global with hiding like counts. For some of us, it was a welcome change and refreshment of the app. But for others, especially influencers, this was a disaster. But there’s a solution.
If you prefer seeing everyone’s like counts, The Return of the Likes comes to the rescue. This browser extension lets you see how many likes there are on other people’s posts, just the way it was before.
Have you ever wondered how those random posts appear on your Explore page on Instagram? Well, they’re not random at all. The platform uses AI to find the stuff you might like. In a recent blog post, Instagram’s engineers explain more about how the app decides what gets to be in your Explore tab.
Being a professional photographer certainly requires some skills beyond photography. But this Craigslist ad for a family photographer certainly adds another layer to it. Other than photographing for social media, editing photos and probably posting them too, this family also looks for someone to be a “Mother’s Helper.”
Is your Instagram profile private? As it appears, your photos may not actually be as well hidden as you think. Ghosty is a stalker app that takes advantage of Instagram’s API to let users peek into private profiles. But it has recently caught Instagram’s attention, and they’re trying to fight this sketchy app.
After testing it out in seven countries in July and in the US earlier this week, Instagram’s now hiding like counts globally. It’s still testing the feature and how people react to it, but the company notes that the feedback has been positive so far. Maybe, then, this will ultimately end up being more than a test.