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  • Instagram will start removing fake likes and followers

    Instagram has announced that it will begin to remove fake likes and followers on its platform’s accounts. The company believes that the move will allow for a more genuine experience of Instagram, particularly affecting those who have bought followers and likes. “Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity,” says the social network in a blog post. The company explains that it will use machine learning to pick out which accounts buy likes, followers and comments, and remove the activity. Seemingly, Instagram will not be...

  • Instagram encourages Americans to vote with Stories stickers

    Instagram has revealed two new features for the upcoming elections taking place in the United States next week. The features come in the form of an "I Voted" sticker in Stories and a highlighted story called "We Voted!". This means that if you want to show off your contribution to society, you can use the sticker and then view who else has used it via the We Voted! story. According to Instagram, only people you follow who have used the sticker will appear in this space. “We’ve seen our community use Instagram to share that they voted with friends and family —...

  • Instagram is fighting bullying and spreading happiness with new tools

    Instagram this week introduced new features to help fight online bullying in its community of users. In an announcement yesterday, new man-in-charge Adam Mosseri revealed the anti-bullying tools, saying that “there is no place for bullying on Instagram”. “That’s why today we’re announcing our latest tools to help combat bullying, including a new way to identify and report bullying in photos,” he explained. By using machine learning Instagram will now be able to detect harmful content in pictures and captions so that they can be removed accordingly. “This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying — and it’s a crucial next step...

  • Instagram now has scannable name tags to help you connect

    Instagram has added a new nametag feature to help you connect with people around you. The nametag, which you can find in the settings menu of your profile is “uniquely yours and makes it quick and fun to add people and accounts you discover in person”. You can customize your nametag to and extent, as Instagram allows you to choose between colour schemes, emojis or your own selfie. “To scan someone’s nametag, you can either swipe right into the camera, hover over the nametag and hold down on your screen, or enter the camera by tapping ‘Scan a nametag’,” the company explains. Though...

  • Sick of selfies? 5 alternative ways to use Instagram

    Instagram now has over a billion users. That's a seventh of the human beings alive on planet Earth today. But while some (nay, probably a majority) use the social network to peacock their wares, hate-like their rivals weekend getaways, or get to know someone before they embarrass themselves on their first Tinder date, Instagram has a number of other use cases. For example... Understand our planet Use it to learn more about this weird rock we live on. Want to learn more about South Africa? Want to be able to name different planes simply by looking at them? Want to understand how to make...

  • Instagram went down on Mean Girls Day

    Today is not just a Wednesday, it is also October 3rd, more commonly known as Mean Girls Day. Many fans of the pop culture teen movie took to social media to celebrate, but soon the hashtags #MeanGirlsDay and #October3rd were out shadowed by another hashtag -- #instagramdown. At some point in the late morning, Instagram went down and caused a slight panic on Twitter. me coming to twitter to see if anyone else is having instagram struggles #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/y44VInCO8M — nevada ;) (@nevadaross7) October 3, 2018 I’d like to welcome everyone who’s here because Instagrams down. Here have a cup of tea ☕️ you’ll...

  • Instagram’s new boss is Adam Mosseri

    Instagram has a new "head" in the form of its vice president of product, Adam Mosseri. The company’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who resigned last week, made the announcement in a blog post. “We are thrilled to hand over the reins to a product leader with a strong design background and a focus on craft and simplicity -- as well as a deep understanding of the importance of community,” the duo said. Mosseri was originally a Facebook employee and only recently became a part of the Instagram team. "Adam began his career as a designer, managed his own design consultancy, and...

  • Watch a kayaker get slapped in the face by an octopus-wielding seal

    They say practically every animal is designed to kill things -- including humans -- in Australasia. A recent viral Instagram post proves this theory. In a video captured off the coast of New Zealand, a kayaker was slapped in the face by a hungry seal attempting to kill a desperate octopus. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. "Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right," wrote Kyle Mulinder on his Instagram post. "After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew...

  • Instagram notifications are coming to web browsers, the Lite app

    Browsing Instagram on a web browser isn't the most refined tech experience one can enjoy, but at least it's getting better. Slowly. Spotted by Android Police, Instagram will notify users browsing the social network on a web browser when others like or follow them. You know, like the app. Of course, users will need to be logged in to the social network, and you'll probably have to allow notifications on your respective browser too. The feature has been confirmed to work on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple's Safari browsers. Notably, this addition comes after Instagram Lite -- which is effectively a single-page web...

  • Instagram’s co-founders officially resign and leave Facebook

    Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced their resignation from Facebook. In a statement released on Instagram's blog, Systrom said that both he and Krieger "remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion". Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012 and has since exercised its control over the popular app. Now with its original creators leaving the platform, many fear for what Instagram might become. After the announcement, Facebook's share priced dropped by 2%. A seemingly small number, but an indication to what investors might...

  • You can now DM friends GIFs on Instagram

    Instagram has introduced a feature everyone has wanted since the dawn of the company. No. It's not chronological feeds. Instead the company now lets users send your friends GIFs via Direct Messages. "From 'LOL' to 'I love you,' you can express yourself in countless visual ways when you’re messaging your friends," the company wrote in an update. Users stick of words and emoji can now insert moving images into their direct messages to friends. Tap the GIF button in the message composer bar to access the GIF library. It's not clear if it's the same library you find on Stories -- yes,...

  • Video: Hey Cape Town, it’s officially snowing on Table Mountain right now

    Well, here's something you don't see often, let alone in September. On Wednesday morning, the Table Mountain Cableway on Instagram reported that snow had begun falling at the Upper Station near the mountain's summit. A video was also included for non-believers, and those experiencing immense FOMO. "Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing," the company wrote in the post, published around 11am Wednesday. View this post on Instagram Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing 😎 A post shared by...

  • Instagram launches its shopping experience, but it’s not what we first thought

    Instagram has introduced a new online shopping experience to consumers, but it’s not the standalone app we expected. Instead, you can shop inside Instagram Stories and from a new Shopping channel in your explore feed. “We began testing Shopping in Stories in June, and today we’re rolling it out globally and expanding it to businesses in 46 countries,” the company said on its blog. So now, when viewing Stories posted by brands and stores, you can click on shop-linking stickers to see more about the products. “Topic channels, which launched in June, allow you to browse across your interests and go deeper on...

  • Hurricane Florence from space is beautifully frightening

    The next few days are going to be rough for those on the east coast of the United States. Hurricane Florence, a major cyclonic storm, is brewing in the central Atlantic at present and is set to impact North Carolina on Thursday into Friday. It'll be the region's first major hurricane since Hugo in 1989, but words can only describe half of Florence's expanse. Astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) recently snapped the storm from 300km above planet Earth. And it's a monster. Hurricane #Florence this morning as seen from @Space_Station. A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene...

  • Cardi B hurls shoes at Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week party

    Nicki Minaj and Cardi B reportedly traded blows at a party during New York Fashion Week. The rappers, who have enjoyed an ongoing mutual dislike, were involved in a heated exchange on Friday night. "Cardi and Nicki both showed up at the Harper's Bazaar's bash. Nicki was with her crew at a table, when Cardi 'aggressively approached the table' ... this according to eyewitnesses," TMZ reported. "We're told Cardi said, 'Let me tell you something' ... as she lunged toward Nicki, but security stopped her inches from contact." If that wasn't enough, Cardi B also reportedly hurled her shoes at Nicki Minaj. Footage of...