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‘Repost’ Feature Is Not Being Planned: Intsagram

The Facebook-owned company has also debated previously the merits of adding a native "Regramming" feature and so far, the company has appeared to be firmly against it.

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Instagram has denied testing any native “Regramming” feature that could allow its one billion users to instantly repost someone else’s post to their own account, the media reported.

“Despite giving a ‘no comment’ when the report on ‘Regramming’ was initially published, Instagram now says that the feature is ‘not happening’, not being built and not being tested,” 9To5Mac reported late on Sunday.

A “Regram” is a hashtag that you use when you repost something that you saw on someone else’s Instagram, onto your Instagram account.

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Since the “Regramming” feature could make native reposting any content on Instagram as their own instantly, many users worry that it could ruin the photo-messaging app secuity wise. Pixabay

Based on two screenshots obtained by The Verge, a report earlier this week suggested that Instagram is testing a feature called “seamless sharing” that would come with a new “share to feed” option.

Currently, users are only allowed to share either public “Stories” from open accounts or “Stories” where they are mentioned on their own accounts and this gives creators and business-runners who monetise their content on the photo-messaging app the control to monitor who is sharing their work on the platform.

Since the “Regramming” feature could make native reposting any content on Instagram as their own instantly, many users worry that it could ruin the photo-messaging app secuity wise, with creators focusing on the issue of their content “going viral”, the report added.

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Instagram has also rolled out a plethora of new features to the app in recent times. Pixabay

The screenshots that The Verge claimed to have acquired displayed the “re-shared posts” appearing in the feed underneath the username and photo of the user who shared it.

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The Facebook-owned company has also debated previously the merits of adding a native “Regramming” feature and so far, the company has appeared to be firmly against it. (IANS)

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Twitter Gets Investigated By Ireland Over Data Collection

Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages

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 Twitter is reportedly facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.

Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from t.co, its URL-shortening system, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

The investigation stems from a request made by UK professor Michael Veale under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a comprehensive European privacy law under which EU citizens have a right to request any data collected on them from a given company.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, left, accompanied by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are sworn in before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on ‘Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms’ on Capitol Hill. VOA

But when Veale made that request to Twitter, the company claimed it had no data from its link-shortening service. The professor was sceptical, and wrote to the relevant privacy regulator to see if Twitter was holding back some of his data.

Now, that investigation seems to be underway. The investigation, first reported by Fortune, is confirmed in a letter obtained by The Verge, sent to Veale by the office of the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner, the report said.

Initially designed as a way to save characters in the limited space of a tweet, link-shortening has also proved to be an effective tool at fighting malware and gathering rudimentary analytics.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

Those analytics services can also present a significant privacy risk when used in private messages.

Also Read: Facebook Tackles Fake News, Deletes Almost 800 Accounts

Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages, although no wrong-doing was conclusively established in either case. (IANS)