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Facebook Testing ads on Instagram Reels
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Facebook Testing ads on Instagram Reels

California, 04/24/2021: Zuckerberg led Facebook to start testing ads on Instagram Reels, a short video platform worldwide as it looks to help brands better engage with relevant audiences. In July last year, Instagram had unveiled its new format ''Reels'' that allows users to create and share short videos. Reels and other short video platforms have seen strong growth userbase and time spent after some countries having security issues with popular short video making platform TikTok. In a blogpost on Thursday, Facebook said people are discovering and watching video in diverse formats across its family of apps, each offering distinct viewer and ad experiences. "Today, we're announcing new topic targeting options within Facebook In-Stream video, testing of Instagram Reels Ads and o...
US Govt Filed Antitrust  Lawsuits Against Facebook For Crushing Smaller Competitors
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US Govt Filed Antitrust Lawsuits Against Facebook For Crushing Smaller Competitors

Washington, Dec 10, 2020: The US government and 48 states have filed parallel antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of anti-competitive conduct by abusing its market power to create a monopoly and crushing smaller competitors, a move which may force it to sell WhatsApp and Instagram. Soon after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 state attorney generals sued the California-headquartered company, Facebook shares fall significantly. The bipartisan coalition led by New York attorney general Letitia James alleged that Facebook has engaged in a systematic strategy to eliminate threats to its monopoly. This includes its 2012 acquisition of up-and-coming rival Instagram, its 2014 acquisition of the mobile messaging app WhatsApp and the imposition of ant...
Facebook aims to help voters, Launched Voting Information Center
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Facebook aims to help voters, Launched Voting Information Center

New York, Jun 17, 2020: Facebook is launching a widespread effort to boost US voter turnout and provide authoritative information about voting. The social media giant is launching a “Voting Information Center” on Facebook and Instagram that will include details on registering to vote, polling places and voting by mail. It will draw the information from state election officials and local election authorities. The information hub, which will be prominently displayed on people's Facebook news feeds beginning on Wednesday and on Instagram later in the summer is similar to the coronavirus information center the company launched earlier this year in an attempt to elevate facts and authoritative sources of information on COVID-19. “I know many people are upset that we've left the Pre...
Facebook Launched Unified Payment System for Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp
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Facebook Launched Unified Payment System for Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp

San Francisco, Nov 12: Zuckerberg led Facebook said it is consolidating the system that handles payments at the social network and in its family of messaging apps. The move comes in a climate of political rhetoric that includes calling for the California-based internet company to be broken up. Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, according to marketplace and commerce vice president Deborah Liu. "People already use payments across our apps to shop, donate to causes and send money to each other," Liu said in an online post. "Facebook Pay will make these transactions easier while continuing to ensure your payment information is secure and protected." Fa...
Instagram rolls out new less data consumption feature
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Instagram rolls out new less data consumption feature

Facebook led social media platform Instagram opt a new feature that will allow users to reduce the amount of data consumed on the photo-sharing platform. The feature has been designed specifically for emerging markets where data plans and internet speeds may be limited, Instagram said in a statement."With this opt-in mode, people across the world can view their favourite content on Instagram with reduced image loading time, by reducing the amount of data that Instagram uses on their mobile phones," it added. While the Facebook-owned company doesn't disclose country-specific user count, reports suggest globally, it has over a billion users. Once enabled, videos will not be pre-loaded and high-resolution images will not be downloaded, except in certain circumstances that the user c...
Indian Company Discover Data Flaw in Instagram, Company denies it
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Indian Company Discover Data Flaw in Instagram, Company denies it

Instagram has said it was not the source of private contact information for millions of influential users of the service recently found in an unguarded online database. The online cache of data, which was discovered by a security researcher, was found by a news website, which reported that it was traced back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox. "We take any allegation of data misuse seriously," an Instagram spokesperson said. "Following an initial investigation into the claims made in this story, we found that no private emails or phone numbers of Instagram users were accessed." The Chtrbox database contained publicly available information from an array of sources, one of which was Instagram, according to the image-centric social network. In response to an AFP ...
Facebook building privacy-focussed social media platform: Zuckerberg at f8 summit
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Facebook building privacy-focussed social media platform: Zuckerberg at f8 summit

Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook annual f8 event announced that the company was committed to building a "privacy-focussed" social platform to ensure that conversations stay private and user data is secure across its products like Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. He acknowledged that there are privacy concerns related to its platforms, but asserted that he remains committed to bringing in changes and "starting a new chapter". "As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever. So that is why I believe the future is private," Mark said. "This is the next chapter for our services... We don't exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly. But I'm committed to doing this well and starting a new chapter for our ...
Facebook Filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand company for selling fake likes
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Facebook Filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand company for selling fake likes

Facebook filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand company from selling fake "likes," views and followers to Instagram users in US federal court. Facebook requests US fedral court to bar them for further operations. The company and three people targeted in the lawsuit operated a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by bolstering them with bogus followers, views and "likes," Facebook director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero said. "By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message that this kind of fraudulent activity is not tolerated on our services, and we will act to protect the integrity of our platform," Romero said. Romero did not identify the company or the individuals names in the legal complaint, which accused them of using fake businesses ...
Instagram Rolls Out Three Fresh Features to its Stories Format
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Instagram Rolls Out Three Fresh Features to its Stories Format

Photo-sharing social media platform Instagram has launched new features that change the way you interact with the people you follow on the platform. With the new updates, the users will now be able to use the questions sticker for music recommendations in Stories. A person's followers will now respond to question sticker with a song from the music library. These responses will appear right above the list of people who have viewed your Story and you can tap on it to play the track. Also, you will be able to share their response to your Instagram Story as well and while doing that, you’ll be able to capture a photo or video as the music plays in the background. Moreover, there will be new effects in the music mode that "respond to the beats and sounds of a song." It mus...
Instagram Rolls Out Walkie-Talkie Messaging Feature
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Instagram Rolls Out Walkie-Talkie Messaging Feature

Facebook-ownedphoto sharing social platform Instagram has reportedly launched its own walkie-talkie feature. With this,the users can now communicate through voice messages. Users can hold down the microphone button to record a short voice message that appears in as an audio wave form that recipients can then listen to at their leisure. Voice messages are up to one-minute long, stay permanently listenable rather than disappearing. Being one of the most popular social media apps, hands-free Direct messaging could make Instagram a more appealing chat app for drivers, people on the move with their hands full or users in the developing world who want a more intimate connection to pay for the data for long audio or video calls. The launch hold down deepens Facebook’s entry into th...
Instagram will now Allow Users to Share Stories with a Select Group
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Instagram will now Allow Users to Share Stories with a Select Group

Photo sharing social media platform Instagram is coming up with the ability for users to share their Stories with a select group of friends. With this, the users can create a list of their close friends and share more personal moments with them. This feature will be available on Instagram's iOS and Android apps. The Instagram users can add people to the list by selecting the "Close Friends" option in the pop-over menu on their profile. No one can publicly request to be added to the list and only users can see their list of close friends. While people who are added to a list will know they're on it, they won't be able to know who else is on the list. They also won't be notified when they are added or removed from the list. Users can then take a picture or video using the camera opt...
Instagram Testing Tapping to Replace Scrolling of Posts
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Instagram Testing Tapping to Replace Scrolling of Posts

The photo-messaging mobile application Instagram that is owned by Facebook is reportedly testing "tapping" as a replacement of scrolling through posts on the platform. The social firm is testing the tap-to-advance feature to navigate between posts in the Explore section of the app. "We're always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love," an Instagram spokesperson stated. As of now, Instagram already provides an auto-advance feature in its "Videos You Might Like" section of Explore which automatically plays the next video when the last one finishes. "As for whether this could come to the main feed, an Instagram spokesperson said it is not something they're actively thinking about right now," the report added. The tap-...