It’s no secret that Instagram has been … inspired by Snapchat and some of its popular features. After Stories, Instagram is now experimenting with another well-known Snapchat feature: disappearing messages.
That social media is full of fakery is old news. But what fascinates me is just how easy it is to fake your life on Instagram. YouTuber Natalia Taylor recently decided to test it out herself. She “traveled” to the nearest IKEA store and took some photos, even purposely leaving some IKEA price tags in them. She shared them on Instagram, and she managed to prank her followers to believe that she was on a vacation in Bali. Natalia shares more details in her recent video, and it’s a useful reminder that social media isn’t real.
Seeing all those amazing photos of perfect lives and perfect bodies on Instagram can make us feel jealous. We know that they’re posed and even fake, yet they can still make us feel that we’re not good enough. Because of this, Instagrammer Sara Puhto has built her Instagram account around body positivity and much-needed reality check. She shares side-by-side photos of herself that show just how big the difference is between real life and posing for social media photos.
Some people like capturing candid moments hoping to take some artistic and meaningful shots. Others want to preserve precious memories, so they grab their camera or phone during the very creation of those memories. And yet others are “doing it for the Gram,” shooting every single moment of their lives.
I have nothing against either of them. In fact, I sometimes belong to each of these groups. However, I believe that many people are crossing the line between saving memories for themselves and ruining them for everyone else. You may be doing it as well and not even being aware of it. So, I hope you’ll to read this article and reconsider your use of a phone or camera in certain situations.
New York-based photographer Robert Barbera is suing pop star Ariana Grande for posting one of his photos to her Instagram without permission. Sounds familiar? It’s because the singer has already been sued for posting a photo of herself without licensing it, and she was sued by the same photographer.
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.”