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New vulnerabilities with Uber and Instagram identified Special

Two stories have appeared which demonstrate severe vulnerabilities affecting Instagram and Uber. Both of these require a rapid response in order to protect users of the services, as expert Vinay Sridhara explains.

Are we reducing our obsession with social media validation? Special

Instagram has started hiding ‘likes’ in response to concerns for mental health. But what does this mean for the people that have made a living out of their visible Instagram popularity? Expert Fahad AlSaud provides some ideas.

New Instagram security flaw identified

A security researcher recently discovered a flaw in the way Instagram handled the validation of password reset codes. This defect means an attacker could request one million password reset codes within a ten-minute window and with 100 percent success.

Instagram hides 'likes' from more users

Sydney - Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying it wanted to ease pressure on users, following criticism about its impacts on mental health.

Malaysian teen took own life after Instagram poll

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her own life after a majority of respondents voted for the latter, sparking calls for an investigation.

Instagram runs Canadian experiment where 'likes' become private

Instagram is running a pilot version of its platform in Canada that is more heavily focused on images and less on 'like' counts, in relation to photographs posted by private users. This is an attempt to shift the ethos towards a more private network.

Syria presidency says Instagram account reactivated

Damascus - The Syrian presidency said Wednesday it had regained access to its official Instagram account a day after it was apparently blocked.

Syrian presidency says Instagram account blocked

Damascus - The Syrian presidency Tuesday said its Instagram account has been blocked, one week after the photo-sharing website shut down the accounts of several Iranian Revolutionary Guards because of US sanctions.

Instagram accounts of Iran Guards commanders blocked

Tehran - The Instagram accounts of several Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders have been blocked, the Tabnak news website reported Tuesday, with the photo-sharing website saying it was complying with US sanctions.

Instagram adds in-app checkout as it pushes e-commerce

Instagram has moved closely towards being a fully-fledged e-commerce site with the addition of a new checkout app, available for mobile devices. The service is starting with 20 fashion brands.

Op-Ed: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down, still no info

Sydney - Three of the world's biggest social media sites are experiencing outages and not available around the world. Facebook has stated that it's not a DDOS attack, but other than that, there's not much information available.

Queen Elizabeth II makes her debut on Instagram

London - Queen Elizabeth II has a digital milestone to celebrate. She is now on Instagram and officially made her debut at the Science Museum in London.

Op-Ed: Instagram to remove ‘graphic’ images of self-harm- How sweet

Sydney - Serial selfie site Instagram has graciously condescended to remove all images of “graphic self-harm” from the site. The move comes as yet another young British teen, Molly Russell, who took her life as a result of exposure to traumatic content.

Britain urges others to join Instagram's self-harm curbs

London - Britain on Friday urged all social media platforms to join Instagram and curb self-harm posts after a UK teen who went online to read about suicide took her own life.

Instagram curbs self-harm posts after teen suicide

San Francisco - Instagram has announced a clampdown on images of self-injury after a British teen who went online to read about suicide took her own life.

Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images

San Francisco - Instagram late Thursday announced it is clamping down on images related to self-injury such as cutting.

WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger to integrate

Facebook has announced plans to 'integrate' its three social media communications platforms - WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. The three will continue as separate services, but it will be possible to send messages between them.

Instagram blames 'bug' for design change that prompted backlash

Washington - Instagram said Thursday it accidentally rolled out a design change to a large number of users and quickly ended the test after complaints from users of the Facebook-owned social network.

Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

San Francisco - Instagram on Tuesday added more weapons to battle cyber bullying, using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned service.

Is Instagram about to give your location history to Facebook?

This won't be good news to those who value their privacy. Facebook is experimenting with a prototype that allows it to gather location data from Instagram posts.

Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook-owned company

San Francisco - Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced they are leaving the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook six years ago, setting a new test for the parent company as it works to quell mounting turmoil.

Twitter sees user levels dip among mixed social media news

Twitter has lost 1 million monthly users in the second quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of cleaning out 'fake accounts'. The social media company's revenue, however, has grown to $711 million.

Instagram Stories becomes Facebook's next step in ads

Facebook has detailed changes coming to Instagram ads that will make it easier for businesses to share content in Stories. The company is looking to monetise Stories to help advertisers reach new people. It's also rolling out more options to users.

Snap shares fall below $15 after underwriters downgrade stock

Snap's stock hit a new all-time low today as it fell to just $15 per share. Investors are increasingly anxious that Snapchat won't be able to sustain its meteoric growth as the competition from apps like Facebook and Instagram steps up.

Most dangerous social media app for mental health revealed

London - Social media platforms are rated in different ways, covering the spectrum from marketability to user experience. How about mental health? Instagram is rated, from a new survey, as the worst social media platform for young people's mental health.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

Instagram finally lets you upload images from your computer

Instagram is rolling out the ability to upload photos without using a smartphone. It's now possible to add new images from the company's website, a change that will please users who've wanted the ability for years. It expands the service's appeal.

Four Wisconsin schools block social media access in pilot project

Madison - Access to popular social media platforms are being blocked in four Madison, Wisconsin high schools in an effort to study the effect of social media usage during school hours on grades and behaviour. As expected, not everyone is happy.

Instagram passes 700 million active global users

Instagram has reached the 700 million users mark, another major milestone for the still rapidly growing app. It comes just a couple of weeks after the number of people using the app's Stories feature sailed well beyond rival Snapchat's entire audience.

Instagram now has an offline mode

Instagram recently launched a substantial update to its app that adds in a fully-fledged offline mode. You can now like, comment and unfollow people whilst offline, giving you an uncompromising experience even without a connection.
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