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Instagram Exposed Stories From Certain Users to Complete Strangers

Once Facebook has a handle on misinformation, its technical systems could use an audit, the report added

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Chiara Valenzano, right, photographs her food as she has lunch with her friend Giulia Terranova at the 'This is not a Sushi bar' restaurant, in Milan, Italy, Oct. 16, 2018. At the restaurant, payment can be made according to the number of Instagram followers one has. VOA

Adding to the breach scandals surrounding Facebook and its family of apps, this time a bug on photo-messaging app Instagram exposed Stories from certain users to complete strangers.

Out of Instagram’s total global one billion followers, over 500 million users actively use the Stories feature and this incident, once again, raised major safety and privacy concerns among users.

On Thursday, TechCrunch reported that it “first received word of the problem from a user InternetRyan via Twitter, who was confused about seeing strangers in his Instagram Stories tray.”

On probing inquiry, the Facebook-owned photo-messaging app confirmed that the glitch that had affected “a small number of people” was real and has been resolved.

“We’re aware of an issue that caused a small number of people’s Instagram Stories trays to show accounts they don’t follow,” the report quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying.

“If your account is private, your Stories were not seen by people who don’t follow you. This was caused by a bug that we have resolved.”

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

In March 2018, since the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, that exposed personal data of nearly 87 million Facebook users collected via “This Is Your Digital Life” Facebook app came out in public, the company has been under constant scrutiny.

However, there seems to be no end to cases of Facebook’s non-consensual user data collection, data breach scandals and technical glitches on its social networking apps.

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Recently, a Facebook bug changed the status update composer privacy setting of 14 million users, while another exposed up to 6.8 million users’ unposted photos on the Internet.

Earlier in March, Facebook suffered its longest global outage that lasted for almost 24 hours and kept people from logging in, sharing posts or refreshing feeds on Facebook, Instagram as well as WhatsApp.

Once Facebook has a handle on misinformation, its technical systems could use an audit, the report added. (IANS)

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Instagram All-Set To Begin ‘Hide Like Counts’ for US Users

The social media network earlier said that the initiative aims to remove pressure on users who are concerned about the reach of their posts and impressions

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Instagram has been running tests where it hides like counts on posts in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. Pixabay

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is set to test ‘hide like counts’ for some US users as early as next week.

The announcement was made by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri at a Wired event in San Francisco on Friday, The Verge reported.

The social media network earlier said that the initiative aims to remove pressure on users who are concerned about the reach of their posts and impressions.

“We want people to worry a little bit less about how many likes they’re getting on Instagram and spend more time connecting with the people that they care about,” Mosseri said during a conference in California, back in April.

Instagram has been running tests where it hides like counts on posts in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is set to test ‘hide like counts’ for some US users as early as next week. Pixabay

Additionally, Facebook is also running a test of hiding like counts in Australia.

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“We are running a limited test where like, reaction and video view counts are made private across Facebook,” a spokesperson of this social media platform said at the time. (IANS)