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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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Major Updates Coming To Instagram in 2020

Know about the major Instagram updates this year

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Here are the major updates that are coming to Instagram in 2020. Pixabay

Instagram is constantly updating. In this light, we need to understand the changes that will affect our usage of this platform. More than at any time before, we will be able to have more control over the platform so we can see how we can improve our presence here.
Instagram is becoming a place where you will be able to focus on relevant matters that increase your follower base and reduce the unnecessary distractions that add no value to your profile. Here are the major updates that are coming to Instagram in 2020.

New Buttons Are Coming

You probably know how Instagram has developed over time. From a completely sleek platform where you could not see any of the features of your account to the place where multiple options have become more available, Instagram has changed the way we see the platform. Now, it is adding features that will give us more control over the profile. Some of the buttons we will be able to see are:

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The Instagram updates in 2020 will include introduction of new buttons. Pixabay
  • “Restrict” button – When you restrict someone, they won’t be able to see when you are online or when you’ve read a message from that person. At the same time, you won’t receive any new notifications for comments from that person. The “Restrict” button allows you to have more control over what is visible on your profile. 
  • “Create” button – With the “Create” button, Instagram allows you to share posts that don’t contain photos or videos. In this light, you will be able to convert old content into something new and more interesting than the previous post you’ve posted.  
  • “Remove followers” button – We all know how annoying some followers could be. Now, we have an option to remove followers completely. With only one hit of a button, we can remove people from the followers’ list, which is a huge benefit if you want to shape your Instagram audience in a precise way. 
  • “Dark Mode” button – With the “Dark mode” button, we will be able to change the appearance of the screen on our Instagram account. This will be possible to do on different kinds of devices, including Android and iOS. Keep in mind that to make this option possible, you will have to update your system to the latest versions of Instagram, Android, and iOS. 
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With the Instagram updates, it will be possible to use Instagram with more creativity. Pixabay

Instagram Algorithms Are Changing

It is now possible for Instagram to see and evaluate the quality of your Instagram profile. With the use of the precise algorithms, the Instagram evaluation will be based on users’ engagement on your profile. This applies to how many times users have seen your posts, how many comments are posted, and what is the quality of engagement on your profile. 

Is your reputation solid and can people resonate with your messages? These are a few crucial questions that will determine your position on Instagram.  

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As you can see, all these changes are only the result of improved tactics that come from the Instagram team. Many Instagram users will now be able to see Instagram in a different light. The more quality content will be a huge plus for all of those who want to grow their audience and change their Instagram profile for better. 

With the Instagram updates, it will be possible to use Instagram with more creativity and more awareness about the relevant things that add value to your Instagram profile.