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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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TikTok Testing New Features Inspired by Instagram

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

The wildly popular short video-sharing app TikTok is reportedly mulling to launch a host of new features that seem to have been inspired by Facebook-owned Instagram.

The features were discovered by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who posted screengrabs of the features on Twitter.

The purported Instagram-inspired features include a grid-style layout, an account switcher and a Discover page, among others.

“We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve the app experience for our community,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the TechCrunch on Saturday.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The TikTok spokesperson, however, declined to offer further details about the company’s plans but confirmed the features were things the company is working on.

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok.

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Owned by a Beijing-based start-up named ByteDance, TikTok saw its first-time installs grow about 28 per cent year-over-year for the first half of 2019 to nearly 344 million globally despite a two-week ban in India during the second quarter (Q2), revealed an estimate by mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. (IANS)