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Facebook's planned TikTok rival, Lasso, to shut down

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Facebook's Lasso will be closing on July 10. Will Instagram Reels replace it in the bid to dethrone TikTok?

LIST: Companies boycotting Facebook, supporting #StopHateForProfit

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a list of some of the major advertisers which have paused spending on ads on Facebook or other social media platforms

WATCH: 10 steps to shoot video like a pro

May 20, 2020 - 4:50 PM

You don’t need professional gear to look professional on video

'Philippines, Province of China': How to create a geo-tag on Facebook

May 19, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Learn more about how that user-generated 'Philippines, Province of China' geo-tag was set up

Screenshot from Facebook app


Instagram Lite shuts down ahead of possible future relaunch

May 12, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Facebook says it is looking to take its learnings from the Lite version to develop a newer Instagram Lite-type app, though there's no launch timeframe for this as of yet

Facebook reveals members of its 'supreme court' for content

May 07, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Facebook's independent oversight board will be able to make binding decisions on the content that should be allowed or removed at the social network and Instagram

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Facebook and Instagram remove Bolsonaro video questioning virus quarantine

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Brazil's president has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus

BOLSONARO. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia. Photo by Sergio Lima/AFP


Instagram unveils new 'co-watching' feature to ease isolation

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The new feature lets people look at posts together during video chat

CO-WATCHING. Photo from Instagram


Don't stop the music: DJ D-Nice hosts 10-hour Instagram dance party

Mar 23, 2020 - 11:09 AM

DJ D-Nice has begun hosting virtual dance parties on his Instagram Live channel in an effort to lift spirits as people self-isolate over coronavirus concerns

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 27: DJ D-Nice attends the "BET Twenties" produced by Lena Waithe Screening during the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020 in Park City, Utah. Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET/AFP

Brazil tourism board mistakenly posts robbed tourist's rant on Instagram

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Embratur, as the tourism board is known, leaves the message up long enough for the gaffe to go viral before deleting the post

SUNSET. Worshippers take part in the traditional ceremony of Iemanja, the Goddess of the Sea of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda at the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on February 2, 2020. Photo by Rafael Martins/AFP

After Soleimani’s death, Instagram shuts down Iranian accounts

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:04 AM

News agencies, human rights activists and influencers have their accounts deactivated

SOLEIMANI. Illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for CODA STORY.

PCOO Instagram account hacked

Jan 08, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hackers vandalize the PCOO page, and replace posts with content in Arabic

Screenshots from PTV Facebook page and PCOO Instagram page


Instagram expands fact-checking globally

Dec 17, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) Instagram posts deemed to be false will be ignored by the platform's search or recommendation tools and are shown with a warning label if users come across it

IG. Instagram on December 16, 2019, went global in its fight against misinformation, making alliances with fact-checkers around the world to expose deception in shared photos or videos. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


How anti-vaxxers get around Instagram’s new hashtag controls

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Anti-vaccination users are hijacking sexual assault and abortion rights hashtags to spread their message

ANTI VAXXERS. Screenshot from animated illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story

Facebook and associated platforms back online after outage

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:30 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook blames "an issue in one of our central software systems" for snarling connectivity for several hours

DOWNTIME. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Video stars: Russian child bloggers score millions of 'likes'

Oct 22, 2019 - 1:51 PM

In a Moscow park, her producer jogs backwards, using his phone to film as Liza Anokhina runs and blows raspberries. Tall and slim and wearing thick makeup for the shoot, she squeals with laughter when she views the result.

STAR. Russian child blogger Liza Anokhina (left), 12, participates in a shoot for her blog in a Moscow park on September 13, 2019. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Facebook to roll out 'false information' labels on Instagram

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:47 AM

Users will be warned if they are seeing false content on their feeds or sharing these to their Stories

New Instagram tool aims to prevent phishing attacks

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:38 PM

The new Instagram tool lets users check if an email sent by the service is genuine. It will give users a list of emails sent by Instagram across a period of two weeks.

INSTAGRAM. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logo of mobile app Instagram displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Instagram is removing the Following tab

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Following tab displays what posts and accounts your friends engage with

New Threads app expands Instagram’s ‘Close Friends’ feature

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Available now, the Threads messaging app lets users interact more conveniently with the people on their Instagram 'Close Friends' list

THREADS. Photo from Facebook


Instagram a prime target for disinformation in 2020 U.S. elections

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The report presents a number of predictions related to social media-enhanced disinformation running up to the 2020 US elections

Here are our favorite Instagram puppers in celebration of International Dog Day

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:26 PM

These are some of the cutest dogs we follow on Instagram

INSTAGRAM DOGS. Some of the most popular dog accounts on Instagram have become internet sensations with more than a million followers. Photos from Instagram/@mayapolarbear and @tuckerbudzyn

U.S. energy secretary falls for Instagram hoax

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Rick Perry reposts a message claiming a 'new Instagram rule' exists allowing the social media site to 'use your photos,' according to images of the since-deleted post on his account

PERRY'S INSTA-GAFFE. US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry addresses a press conference during a high-level business to business energy forum at the European Commission in Brussels on May 2, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Facebook’s fact checking program expands to Instagram

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Instagram users can now report suspicious posts shared across the photo and video-sharing platform

Budapest 'selfie museum' a hit with Instagram generation

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The selfie opportunities among the 11 interactive installations at the 400-square-meter facility include a ride on banana swings, a climb on a unicorn, or a lounge on giant macaroons

Young visitors make photos at the 'Selfie Museum' in Budapest downtown on July 17, 2019. The newest attraction in the Hungarian capital opened this year in a two-level 400m2 area.  ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

How Instagram changed the beauty industry

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:52 PM

From viral makeup trends to a clamor for inclusivity

What's not to like? Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' could save users' self-esteem

Jul 20, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Likes, and their public tallying, have become the heart of Instagram and many other social media platforms. By hiding them, does Instagram risk devaluing a crucial currency?

Instagram hides 'likes' from more users

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Australia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Brazil, and New Zealand are involved in the new trial, which follows an initial test launched in Canada in May

Instagram moves on online bullying with pop-up warning

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:09 PM

One new tool being rolled out is a warning generated by artificial intelligence to notify users their comment may be considered offensive before it is posted

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down in some parts of the world

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:04 AM

On Twitter, the hashtags #whatsappdown, #instagramdown, and #facebookdown are trending worldwide

Facebook's Instagram expands ads to Explore feeds

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:08 PM

In the coming months, ads will appear on the Explore feed, where users go to discover content aligned with their interests, an Instagram blog post explains

Instagram, PlayStation hit with outages

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Both Instagram and Playstation do not elaborate on the cause or extent of the outage

No special treatment: fake video of Zuckerberg stays on Instagram

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:15 PM

'We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram,' says an Instagram spokesperson

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. File photo by Gerard Julien/AFP


Online trove of Instagram influencer info left unguarded

May 21, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Instagram is trying to determine how more than 49 million records worth of private contact information was amassed in an unguarded online database

UNGUARDED INSTAGRAM. This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows an attendee taking a photo of the instagram logo during a press event at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/AFP

Malaysian teen takes own life after Instagram poll

May 16, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Majority of the 16-year-old's Instagram respondents vote for D rather than L, which apparently mean 'Die' or 'Live,' respectively

'If you hate me, I don't care,' Coco Martin says in new post

May 02, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'I'm too old to worry about who likes me and who dislikes me. I have more important things to do,' says the actor's Instagram post

Instagram considering hiding like count on your posts

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Instagram thinks the change can help your followers focus on what you post rather than the number of likes it gets


Coco Martin: It's my decision to keep my life private

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:43 PM

'Ang hindi ko pagkibo at hindi pagpatol sa mga bagay na hindi kauunlad ng ating bayan ay hindi kabaklaan at kaduwagan,' says the actor

Photo by Angie de Silva

Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:18 AM

'We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,' Facebook says in a blog post.

FACEBOOK. This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo displayed on a tablet in Paris on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp suffer global outage

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The outage affects approximately 60% of users. The remaining 40% who can access Facebook's services may encounter errors or issues.

Social media platforms attempt to moderate spread of New Zealand shooting video

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The incident has once again called into question major social media platforms’ ability to police harmful content

HALF-MAST. The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


Outage hits Facebook, Instagram users worldwide

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:26 AM

A Facebook tweet says: 'We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.'

DOWN. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Iran's Javad Zarif, public face of detente with West, resigns

Feb 26, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'I apologize for my inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my term in office,' Zarif says in a message posted on his verified Instagram account

RESIGNING? Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York.  File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Instagram tightens rules on self-injury images

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The move comes after British Health Secretary Matt Hancock met with social media companies about doing more to safeguard the mental health of teenagers using their platforms

Facebook getting its messaging apps to be friends

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'We're working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,' a Facebook spokeswoman says

Facebook removes 471 Russian-linked pages for using fake accounts

Jan 17, 2019 - 8:43 PM

One operation is said to have links to Sputnik, a Moscow-based news agency, and affected Central and Eastern European countries. The second Russia-linked operation operated specifically in Ukraine.

Egg photo tops Kylie Jenner for most-liked Instagram post of all time

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:57 PM

A silly post explicitly created to beat Kylie Jenner's record-holding post is a hit among netizens

Screenshot from world_record_egg/Instagram

Instagram blames 'bug' for design change that prompted backlash

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The accidental design change rollout requires users to swipe horizontally instead of the normal vertical scroll to see their feed

Heart Evangelista's 'grocery outfit' is now a meme and we're all for it

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:43 AM

What do you wear when you're grocery shopping?

MULTI-HYPHENATE. Heart Evangelista's crazy rich Asian lifestyle has turned into a source of memes. Image from Heart's Instagram

Instagram adds voice feature to direct messages

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Users will be able to record messages up to a minute long, either to a chat partner or a chat group

Photo from Instagram's Twitter page