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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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Facebook Planning To Merge All Its Platforms Into One

Zuckerberg is planning to merge Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into a single messaging service by 2020.

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Currently, the chat button on Facebook acts as a shortcut to a standalone Messenger app which has over 1.3 billion users. VOA

In a hint that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has begun taking steps towards merging all his platforms into one, the social network is planning to bring back chat right into its core mobile app.

According to a report in Engadget on Friday, App researcher Jane Manchun Wong has spotted the feature in the works.

Currently, the chat button on Facebook acts as a shortcut to a standalone Messenger app which has over 1.3 billion users.

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Facebook upset millions of users when it removed chat from its core mobile app in 2014 and created a standalone app called Messenger. Pixabay

If you do not have downloaded Messenger on your smartphone, the shortcut will take you to Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

“Facebook’s Messenger app icon would remain but instead of launching a standalone app, it would open Facebook and take you directly to a section called Chats,” the report claimed.

Facebook upset millions of users when it removed chat from its core mobile app in 2014 and created a standalone app called Messenger.

Zuckerberg is planning to merge Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into a single messaging service by 2020.

It means Instagram users can people on WhatsApp and vice versa.

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In a hint that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has begun taking steps towards merging all his platforms into one, the social network is planning to bring back chat right into its core mobile app.
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In an earning call in January, Zuckerberg said: “The integration that we’re thinking about, we’re really early in thinking through this. There’s a lot more we need to figure out. I think it’s the direction we should be going with more things in the future”.

He added that “tens of millions” of Android users who use Messenger as their default app would benefit from having end-to-end encryption enabled as a default. (IANS)