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Instagram Removes its ‘Following’ Activity Tab

A user 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

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

Facebook-owned Instagram is removing its Following tab, the activity feed which displays what posts friends are liking, commenting on and following.

The tab is going away from the app with an update later this week, BuzzFeedNews reported on Monday.

According to Instagram’s head of product Vishal Shah, the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity.

“People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing. So you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built if for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up,” said Shah.

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

Instagram launched its “Following” tab as an early feature back in 2011, long before its Explore tab.

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

A user 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. (IANS)

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Manushi Chillar Expresses her Love for Wonder Woman on Instagram

'Wonder Woman' isn't just a character but a state of mind, says Chillar

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Manushi Chillar believes that Wonder woman is not just a character, it is a state of mind. Wikimedia Commons

Former beauty queen and former Miss World Manushi Chillar says Wonder Woman has been a favourite of hers because she feels the superhero is not just a character but also a state of mind.

Manushi took to Instagram and posted an artwork shared by the artist Swapnil Pawar, where she is seen in the “Wonder Woman” avatar.

Alongside the image, she wrote: “‘I am the man who can’. ‘Wonder Woman’ has always been a favourite because for me, she isn’t just a character but a state of mind. @swapnilmpawar, this is the best surprise! Thank you for the love!

“P.S. – Maybe this picture is from a parallel universe?”

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Manushi took to Instagram and posted an artwork where she is seen in the “Wonder Woman” avatar. (Representational Image). Wikimedia Commons

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Manushi is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite superstar Akshay Kumar in the upcoming film “Prithviraj”.

Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, “Prithviraj” is based on the life of king Prithviraj Chauhan. It stars Akshay as Prithviraj, while Manushi will play the role of the Sanyogita, the love of his life. (IANS)

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Influencers on Instagram Can Now Earn from ads on IGTV Content

Instagram brings video ads for creators to make money directly from their content on Live and IGTV

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Instagram lets content creators earn from IGTV videos. Pixabay

Facebook-owned Instagram is rolling out new tools for creators to make money directly from their content on Live and IGTV by bringing video ads to the platform as per Technology News.

To begin with, the ads will only appear when people click to watch IGTV videos from previews in their feed, and the initial round of ads will be vertical videos up to 15 seconds long.

Instagram will share at least 55 per cent of the revenue from these ads with creators, which would motivate more influencers to create material for IGTV.

“Starting next week, we are introducing ads in IGTV, our long-form video destination. We want to support creators’ investment in IGTV by sharing advertising revenue with them,” Instagram said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to ads, Instagram would also roll out ‘badges’ next month that can be purchased by subscribers from their favorite creators.

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Instagram will share at least 55 per cent of the revenue from these ads with creators. Pixabay

Badges will appear next to a person’s name throughout the live video.

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“Fans who have purchased badges in Live will stand out in the comments and unlock additional features, including placement on a creator’s list of badge holders and access to a special heart,” said the company.

Badges will roll out to a few countries in the coming months, including the US, the UK, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Mexico. (IANS)

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FDCI to go Live for Hosting ‘Phygital’ Fashion Week

Phygital happens to be a combination of a physical and digital event

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FDCI presents ELLE FIRST CUT in 2018. Wikimedia Commons

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) took to Instagram to post a teaser that says “FDCI goes digital Indias First Ever Digital Fashion Week”. The event is set to be a ‘phygital one, which is a combination of a physical and digital event according to Lifestyle news.

Confirming the announcement, Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI told IANSlife: “Right now, we have no choice but to invent the wheel and press the restart button. In the lockdown, we are left with doing nothing. Work from home does not apply to us. We had put this on trial and realised we can do it. We have got nods from the designers, the board and the buyers. At the moment, this is what will bring back the excitement and business. We have announced this seeing the mood of the public.”

He added: “We are working for the fashion designers, buyers and the infrastructure that has supported us like the models, makeup artistes. Instead of an on-ground fashion week, we will do it within our office, at Taj Palace or hire a place. We can digitally create a set and we can ask live models to come in. We can then record it and show it the next day or after all five days are done. It will be ‘phygitical’ — on ground (physical) and digital.”

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The dates of the digital fashion week have yet to be finalized. (Representational Image). Pixabay

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However, the dates of the digital fashion week have yet to be finalized; most of the designers would like this to happen in August, informs the Council’s chairman. End July-August is usually when the FDCI hosts its Annual Couture Week.

Earlier this month, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks also announced that they will be held in a digital format. The Indian Federation for Fashion Development’s (IFFD) India Runway Week last year was held on Instagram, which saw 35 designers showcase their collections digitally. (IANS)