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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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Mark Zuckerberg Not Going to Sell WhatsApp or Instagram

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker's call to break his company, saying he's not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram

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Zuckerberg, however, rejected these calls, saying the size of the social media giant was actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process. VOA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker’s call to break his company, saying he’s not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost.

Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri Republican) tweeted that he met Zuckerberg during his visit to Washington, DC on Thursday, and asked him to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

“Just finished meeting with @facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Had a frank conversation. Challenged him to do two things to show FB is serious about bias, privacy & competition. 1) Sell WhatsApp & Instagram 2) Submit to independent, third-party audit on censorship. He said no to both,” tweeted Hawley, one of Facebook’s biggest critics.

Zuckerberg also met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

“Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of @Facebook in the Oval Office today,” tweeted Trump.

This is Facebook CEO’s first public trip to Washington since he testified before House and Senate committees in April last year over Cambridge Analytica data scandal affecting 87 million users globally.

According to media reports, Zuckerberg met several lawmakers this time and discussions included allegations that Facebook curtails conservative speech.

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Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker’s call to break his company, saying he’s not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost. Pixabay

As the chorus grows to break up Facebook, the social networking platform’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recently said that it won’t serve any purpose.

“You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don’t address the underlying issues people are concerned about,” she had said earlier.

Several US senators have called for breaking up the social network amid repeated data breaches and privacy violations on the platform.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, has stressed that authorities should take a serious look at breaking up Facebook as the social network platform is a “utility that has gone unregulated”.

Another Democratic 2020 candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, has also stressed upon the possibility of breaking up Facebook.

Zuckerberg, however, rejected these calls, saying the size of the social media giant was actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process. (IANS)