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Instagram Users Less Interested In Controversial Images

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People are not interested in political or controversial images on Instagram Wikimedia Commons
People are not interested in political or controversial images on Instagram Wikimedia Commons
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  • Recent study says, Instagram users don’t like to engage with controversial images
  • People see Instagram more as a way of escaping from the ‘real world’
  • Users prefer ‘clean images’

The majority of Instagram users are drawn to the popular photo-sharing platform for social news and entertainment, and they are less likely to engage with political or controversial images, says a study.

Instagram users are not interested in controversial images. Pixabay
Instagram users are not interested in controversial images. Pixabay

“The reasons that users avoid political or controversial news photos are multifaceted,” said T.J. Thomson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in the US.

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“Some users said they felt badly about ‘liking’ a photo of a tragedy while others said they turn to other sources when they seek serious news stories,” he added.

“Many people view Instagram as an oasis where they can escape from the troubles and concerns of everyday life,” Thomson said.

In the study, published in the journal Visual Communication Quarterly, the researchers identified three user groups that emerged from the study’s sample.

Some Instagram users feel guilt on liking pics of tragedies. Wikimedia Commons
Some users feel guilt on liking pics of tragedies. Wikimedia Commons

Feature lovers, who mostly engaged with exciting photos that showcase adventure and travel. News hounds, who engaged most strongly with photos concerning politics and global culture; and optimists, who engaged with uplifting, positive and funny images.

While the majority of users in the groups preferred feature images to news images, the researchers found that news images can garner strong engagement if they are presented in ways both aesthetically pleasing and empowering.

“Most users in our study preferred simple, clean images,” said Keith Greenwood, Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

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 Many Instagram users use the app to escape from harsh realities of life. VOA
Many Instagram users use the app to escape from harsh realities of life. VOA

“So news organisations might draw in more engagement from users if they post images that are representative of the story they’re telling, but are still friendly to the eye,” Greenwood said. IANS

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WhatsApp Works On New Features

Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device.

 WhatsApp is reportedly working out on three new features, including linking your account to Instagram, in order to improve its chat and notifications for its over 1.5 billion users.

Apart from Linked Accounts, the two other features under development are: Vacation and Silent Mode, said WABetaInfo, a popular website that tracks WhatsApp, on Wednesday.

“WhatsApp is working right now on a new feature that allows to link your account with external services.

“The feature appears mainly developed for WhatsApp Business, but some references were found in the normal WhatsApp app too,” said the website.The Linked Accounts option will be located under your profile settings.

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WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress, VOA

“Currently, the first supported external service is Instagram. Tapping Instagram, after inserting your credentials, your WhatsApp account will be correctly linked to your Instagram profile,” it added.

Currently, when you archive a chat, WhatsApp automatically unarchives it once a new message is received from that chat.

With the Vacation Mode feature, archived chats won’t be unarchived if you have previously muted them.

The option will be available in Settings and then Notifications.

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WhatsApp is also available on Reliance JioPhone. Pixabay

“The Vacation mode is also useful if you don’t want a specific chat in your Chats List: if you mute and archive it, you will never see it again, except if you view your Archived Chats,” the report said.

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The silent mode feature for Android allows to hide the app badge for muted chats.

“Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups. The feature is already enabled by default,” the report added. (IANS)