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Instagram Working on a New Feature to Help Restrict Spam on Public Accounts

It will even give an alternative as to who can be added to the group chats

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

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is working on a new feature which may help restrict spam direct messages (DM) on a public account.

This feature will allow users to choose on who can connect with them via messages.

One of the options users can choose from is the ability to receive messages only from people they follow, according to Jane Manchun Wong, a reliable app leaker.

On Instagram, spam bots are all over the place, leaving distasteful comments on posts and even slipping into the users’ DMs.

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With a 1-billion user-base worldwide, the app still does not allow web users to post Stories from the desktop. Pixabay

Based on Wong’s screenshot, the new feature will keep those using Instagram to harass people out of the inbox, even if the account is set for public viewing.

Instagram’s current set-up still allows strangers sending messages directly, though it shows up as a request that can be ignored.

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The new feature can presumably prevent them from messaging at all. The setting will apparently appear under a new option in the privacy settings.

It will even give an alternative as to who can be added to the group chats. (IANS)

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Instagram Experiences Highest Outrage While Twitter Reports Least in Q4

The Facebook family of social media sites outage on November 28, 2019 was one of many social outages in Q4 2019

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A combined 34,408 Facebook and Instagram users reported outages. Pixabay

Facebook-owned Instagram experienced the highest outage in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 21,682 reports at the peak on November 28, 2019, while Twitter reported the least amount of outage complaints with 15,952 reports at the peak on October 22, 2019, according to a new report on Tuesday.

The Twitter outage lasted only about a half an hour, leaving unable to tweet, retweet, like tweets or access their account at the peak of the outage, according to the findings by Downdetector, a company which tracks outages in technology platforms and social media sites. Facebook also experienced an outage on November 28 with 12,726 reports at the peak. The outage lasted about five hours and affected users across the globe.

“The Facebook family of social media sites outage on November 28, 2019 was one of many social outages in Q4 2019. The outage lasted about five hours and affected users in the US, Germany, Italy and Spain,” said the report titled “What Went Down? The Most Significant Online Service Outages in Q4 2019”.

“A combined 34,408 Facebook and Instagram users reported outages at the peak of the outage,” it added. Facebook’s Messenger app experienced a smaller outage on November 18, 2019 with 8,952 users reporting outages at the peak.

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Facebook-owned Instagram experienced the highest outage in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 21,682 reports at the peak on November 28, 2019, while Twitter reported the least amount of outage complaints with 15,952 reports at the peak on October 22, 2019. Pixabay

Snapchat, the popular multimedia messaging app was down for five and a half hours on October 14, 2019, leaving users unable to chat, send or receive photos from their friends. At the peak of the outage, 18,252 users from the US reported problems.

The outage was so significant as the hashtag #SnapchatDown was trending on Twitter at the time of the outage.In the mobile operators category, Vodafone was down for about four hours for thousands of users on October 23, 2019.

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At the peak of the outage, 21,065 users, primarily in Germany, reported having problems with their service, said the report. (IANS)