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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


Instagram follower count appearing de-emphasized in redesign tests

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Like Twitter, the image-sharing platform may be pushing for people to not boost their follower counts

Screenshot from Instagram blog


Instagram ousting fake followers from accounts

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The crackdown comes as Instagram parent Facebook strives to assure people that the leading social network and its services can be trusted

Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The numbers of accounts removed for 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' is raised to 36 at Facebook and 99 at the social network's Instagram service

Klook unveils Asia’s most Insta-worthy travel experiences in 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Up your Instagram game with 10 of Klook’s most photographed travel experiences

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Oct 22, 2018 - 10:10 PM

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[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The move comes after Facebook also increased anti-harassment measures, following a survey which said young victims of online abuse feel social media firms aren't doing enough to fight the problem

FIGHTING BULLYING. An attendee takes a photo of the instagram logo during a press event at Facebook headquarters on June 20, 2013 in Menlo Park, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Instagram was temporarily down in some parts of the world

Oct 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) Those who attempted to use the app were not able to see their profiles properly, and a 'Cannot refresh feed' error showed. On the web version, the site showed a '5XX Server Error' message.

How Instagram may change after founders' departure

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

More and more, Facebook may try to funnel more Instagram users, known for being a younger demographic, onto its main platform

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Sep 25, 2018 - 9:57 PM

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Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook-owned company

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'Mike and I are grateful for the last 8 years at Instagram and 6 years with the Facebook team,' Systrom says in a statement on September 24, following a report on the departure in The New York Times

INSTAGRAM. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger attend the 16th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 21, 2012 in New York City. File photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images/AFP

KC Concepcion pens sweet birthday message for boyfriend Pierre Emmanuel Plassart

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:44 PM

'Chivalry is NOT dead!' KC writes

Instagram adds verified accounts to 'stop bad actors'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:21 AM

High-profile accounts will now be able to request for a verification process


Hundreds of Instagram users locked out of accounts in hack

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Victims report that their login credentials were changed and their avatars were replaced with a film still

INSTAGRAM. Photo by Nopparat Khokthong/Shutterstock.com


Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Among the tools are a way to limit notifications, and a dashboard that allows users to keep track of how much time they have spent on the platforms