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Instagram Bans US Firm for Improper Data Collection: Report

On Tuesday, identifying a case of fraud, social networking giant Facebook sued two app developers for click injection scam that infected smartphones with malware

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook-owned Instagram has banned a San Francisco-based company from its platform on charges of improper user-data collection.

Called Hyp3r, the start-up scraped public data such as users’ physical locations, profile information and photos to serve better targeted ads. Information collected by Hyp3r also includes data stored in Instagram Stories that is content designed to disappear after 24 hours.

On detecting foul play, Instagram sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hyp3r, CNET reported on Wednesday.

“Hyp3r’s actions were not sanctioned and violate our policies, as a result, we’ve removed them from our platform,” the report quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

A portion of what Hyp3r is scraping comes from Instagram’s Location pages which highlight images from public accounts that have been geo-tagged and are visible publicly anyway.

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Facebook has been under scrutiny since the revelation last year that consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica had misused Facebook users data in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election.

On Tuesday, identifying a case of fraud, social networking giant Facebook sued two app developers for click injection scam that infected smartphones with malware. (IANS)

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Instagram Extends its Anti-bullying Tool to Hurtful Captions on Photos, Videos

The move by Instagram is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct which can be especially harmful to young users

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

After giving its users power to restrict bullies on its platform, Facebook-owned Instagram has now extended its anti-bullying tool to hurtful captions on photos and videos.

Now, if someone bullies you on an Instagram caption on your photos or videos, it will immediately be flagged with a notification: “This caption looks similar to others that have been reported”.

The user will be given the option to revise the message or share it anyway, reports inews.co.uk.

The “Caption Warning” feature is yet another step to prevent cyberbullying on Instagram.

Instagram in October rolled out “Restrict” feature globally that lets users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

You can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict.

“Once Restrict is enabled, comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person,” said the company.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

You can choose to view the comment by tapping “See Comment”; approve the comment so everyone can see it, delete it or ignore it.

Direct messages will automatically move to Message Request, and users will not receive notifications from a restricted account.

Instagram is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos.

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The company also announced to restrict people under age 18 from viewing posts from celebrity influencers that promote cosmetic surgery and various weight-loss products.

“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram,” said Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram.

The move by Instagram is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct which can be especially harmful to young users. (IANS)