Instagram hackers are selling user emails and phone numbers

Instagram alerted verified users earlier this week about a security flaw that could give hackers access to their personal information. It told the users that it had fixed the issue.But it appears the bug was exploited before Instagram’s fix, and affected more than the most high-profile accounts. On Friday, Instagram CTO Mike Krieger published a blog post alerting all users to the security flaw. […]

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Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

Facebook’s family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you instantly switch between them. The feature could boost engagement across the apps by using those maddening red notification jewels to constantly remind you there’s something to see in the other apps. This […]

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Instagram now works offline on Android

At Facebook’s F8 conference, Instagram announced that it’s added offline support for its Android app, so you can browse and create posts even without a connection. Here’s how it works: any posts your phone has already downloaded while connected to Wi-Fi or your mobile data plan will be available to view, comment on, like and save. You’ll also be able […]

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Inside Instagram’s reinvention

Toward the tail end of 2015, Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, came to a realization: The photo-sharing app he founded five years earlier was straying too far from its roots. Instagram was growing, yes, and finally generating some serious ad dollars — which Facebook had been waiting for since it bought the company for $1 billion back in 2012. […]

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How US police used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to spy on ‘activists of color’

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have all revoked access to a social media monitoring platform that was being marketed to police departments in the US as a method of conducting real-time web surveillance on activists and protesters. The Chicago-based start-up offering the service, called Geofeedia, describes the system as a location-based analytics tool that gives customers the ability to “predict, analyse […]

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How to spot an Instagram scammer

As a general rule, anyone who posts pictures of money and talks about investment opportunities is probably trouble. Those are the hallmarks of the “money flipper” scam, a criminal scheme that’s been troubling Instagram for years. The accounts boast of a mysterious investment system, posting cash and other luxury goods as proof that it works. Then, in a direct message, […]

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Instagram user base surges to 500 million

The user base of photo-sharing service Instagram has surged to half a billion, adding its latest 100 million in less than a year, the Facebook-owned application said Tuesday. “Today, we’re excited to announce our community has grown to more than 500 million Instagrammers — more than 300 million of whom use Instagram every single day,” a blog post said. “Our […]

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Instagram’s New App Lets You Create Looping Videos

Boomerang is the third standalone app launched by Instagram Photography tends to be known for its stillness, but for an increasing number of social sharing companies, moving pictures look like the future. The latest: Instagram’s just-released Boomerang app, a new standalone product that creates gif-like videos. Boomerang takes a burst of five, sequential photos to create a one-second video that […]

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