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Instagram Gets New Engineering, Design Chiefs

Elisabeth Diana, who was previously a Facebook corporate communications executive, is Instagram’s new communications chief

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

Facebook-owned Instagram has quietly appointed new executives to head its design, engineering and communications teams, the media reported.

The new hires come at a time when CEO Mark Zuckerberg is working to more closely integrate Facebook’s suite of apps, including Messenger and WhatsApp, video news network Cheddar reported on Friday.

Nam Nguyen, who has been at Facebook since 2011, is now Instagram’s Head of Engineering. Nguyen fills the role left vacant by ex-engineering chief James Everingham who was earlier transferred to Facebook’s secretive blockchain group.

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Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, prepares for Wednesday’s announcement about IGTV in San Francisco, June 19, 2018. (VOA)

The design team will now be led by Luke Woods as the photo-messaging app’s longtime design chief Ian Spalter is moving to Japan to lead Instagram’s first office in that country, said the Cheddar report published in Medium. Woods was previously head of design for the Facebook app.

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Elisabeth Diana, who was previously a Facebook corporate communications executive, is Instagram’s new communications chief. Diana replaces Kristina Schake, who left the company a couple of months ago for a role in politics. (IANS)

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Instagram to Allow Users to Have More Control Over their Personal Information

A user could 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

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

Facebook-owned Instagram on Tuesday announced a new feature which will allow users to have control over the personal information they share with third-parties through the app and it will be rolling out gradually over the next six months.

A user can navigate to Settings -> Security -> Apps and Websites to see which third-party services have access to their data.

“It is essential that we protect the data people share with us. We also want to give people more control over the data they share with other apps and services,” the company said in a statement.

Instagram will also be rolling out an “updated authorisation screen” that will notify users when a third-party app is requesting to use data.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

“To ensure you know what specific data third parties are requesting from you, we are also introducing an updated authorization screen that lists all the information the third party is requesting to access. You’ll have the option to “cancel” or “authorize” this access directly from the authorisation screen,” the company added.

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Instagram has also rolled out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that would let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

A user could 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. (IANS)