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Instagram Tests Seek-bar for 60-second Videos

However, it seems as the platform is expanding, it is incorporating additional functionalities to cater to user demands

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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a seek-bar for shorter videos to let users drag the cursor to watch specific parts of the videos.

The functionality is already offered for IGTV videos on the platform. But now it is being tested for the 60-second videos users upload on their accounts to make locating desired parts of the videos easier for followers.

The test feature was discovered by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong who tweeted a clip of an Instagram video with the seek-bar on top of the video on Thursday.

Instagram has not disclosed any details about the official rollout of the feature as yet.

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Ever since its launch, the photo-messaging app has kept a tight leash on content controls and options on its platform.

It does not allow any links on the captions and only lets users view one post at a time as opposed to swiping through each post from a profile.

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However, it seems as the platform is expanding, it is incorporating additional functionalities to cater to user demands, Social Media Today reported.

Recently, the platform launched the beta version of its in-app shopping feature called “Checkout with Instagram” starting with the US to allow users to buy products tagged in images or videos without having to leave the platform. (IANS)

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Over 16 Million Accounts of Indian Influencers on Instagram are Fake

Instagram later said in a statement that initial investigations proved no private emails or phone numbers of its users were accessed improperly

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

A whopping 16 million accounts of Indian influencers on Facebook-owned Instagram are fake, revealed a new study, suggesting such people are artificially boosting “vanity metrics” that marketers often use while selecting influencers, including followers and engagement.

The research by Swedish e-commerce start-up A Good Company and data analytics firm HypeAuditor jointly assessed 1.84 million Instagram accounts across 82 countries.

It found the three regions with the most fakes on the Facebook-owned platform are the US (49 million), Brazil (27 million) and India (16 million).

“The Instagram fraud is estimated to cost marketers close to $750 million globally in wastage in a market now worth about $1.7 billion.

Marketing firm Mediakix estimated that influencer marketing on Instagram alone could reach $2 billion by the end of this year from $1 billion in 2017.

“Companies are pouring money into influencer marketing, thinking that they are connecting with real people and not Russian bots. In reality, they are pouring money down the drain and giving away free products to someone who acquired a mass-following overnight,” Anders Ankarlid, CEO of A Good Company, told PRWeek.

The rise in popularity of social media platforms has opened up a relatively new advertising economy driven by “influencer marketing”.

While Instagram has over a billion monthly active users globally, its parent company Facebook has over 2.38 billion monthly active users and over 16 million people log in to Twitter every day. WhatsApp is another powerful platform which has over 300 million users in India.

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

The kind of reach that social media platforms have can offer some idea about how big the influencer marketing business could be.

With a wide array of social media analytics tool available online, it is not difficult to spot the right influencers for their advertising programmes. However, in India, it is difficult to distinguish between a paid post and a personal opinion owing to lack of user awareness.

In May, personal data of millions of celebrities and influencers were allegedly exposed on Instagram and a massive database was traced to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox.

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The database contained 49 million records of several high-profile influencers, including prominent food bloggers, celebrities and other social media influencers, TechCrunch reported.

“Each record contained public data, including bio, profile picture, number of followers they have, location and private contact information,” the report claimed.

Chtrbox is a web development company which pays to social media influencers to promote content. It describes itself as a platform for brands to collaborate with influential social media characters in India.

Instagram later said in a statement that initial investigations proved no private emails or phone numbers of its users were accessed improperly. (IANS)