The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, invited the citizens last week to report anyone who breaks social distancing. He encouraged people to snap a photo and text it to a hotline open specifically for this purpose. However, people reportedly sent in so many memes and obscene photos, that NYC was forced to temporarily disable the hotline.
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.
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.
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.”
Judging from a recently leaked design prototype, Instagram might soon hide the Like counts from people who view your posts. Although it looks like a small tweak in design, this change could have a huge impact on everyone on the platform: artists who show off their work, influencers, or casual Instagram users.
It’s not uncommon for Instagram to test and implement all sorts of new features. But it seems that the latest change will be what many of us have been waiting for: fast-forwarding videos. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram could finally let you skip backwards and forwards through videos in your feed.
There are many tutorials for growing your audience on Instagram, since lots of followers potentially mean lots of earnings. But what if I told you that you can still earn money on Instagram without “playing the game” and gaining a massive number of followers? Well, let James Popsys tell you more about it in this video, where he teaches you how to earn money on Instagram even if you don’t have a huge audience.
In the U.S. and most industrialized nations, we have a collective infatuation with technology but a poor understanding of its effects – both intended and unintended. We love asking Siri to play our favorite song, but don’t fully consider the privacy implications of allowing the device to persistently listen to us. We love the convenience of smartphones, so much so that we’re willing to engage in destructive behavior like texting while driving. And we love the connectedness of social media, but are virtually powerless to the dopamine-dependent culture of likes and comments.