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Facebook expands ads in Instagram Reels to all regions

After a limited test in select markets, Facebook is now launching Instagram Reels ads worldwide. Instagram already shows ads between posts and stories. Reels was the only place that was free of any such nuisance. But that will no longer be the case. Soon Instagram users across the world will start seeing full-screen, vertical ads between...

Instagram might finally bring key functionality to the desktop

Instagram has always been a mobile-first service, dating back to its release in 2010. Since then, it has allowed users to peruse their feed on the desktop, but functionality has always been limited. A new report suggests that could change. According to Alessandro Paluzzi, who is a developer and app analyst, Instagram is working on the...

Facebook Messenger and Instagram chats won’t be encrypted by default until at least 2022

Facebook has received plenty of criticism over the past few years, partially because the company has a near-monopoly on messaging and social networks in some countries, and also due to Facebook's abhorrent track record with user privacy and data. The company has been slow-moving to improve its public perception, and one element of that —...

Facebook begins testing ads on Instagram Reels in India

TikTok popularized the concept of short videos, and while Instagram Reels, the Facebook-flavored clone, remains a close second, it actually enjoys overwhelming success in countries like India, where TikTok has actually been banned by the government. Instagram has over 120 million monthly active users in India, and a big chunk of them are Reels users....

Instagram’s latest features help you filter abusive messages and avoid unwanted contact

Instagram today announced a couple of new features that aim to help users avoid abusive messages and unwanted contact on the platform. The new features are a part of Instagram's recent efforts to combat abuse and hate speech, which includes strict penalties for people who send abusive Direct Messages. The latest Instagram features to combat abuse...

Instagram continues work on end-to-end encrypted chats, Collab sticker, and more

Instagram has been working on several new features, including Clubhouse-like audio rooms, end-to-end encryption in chats, a Collab sticker, and more, over the last few months. We have already seen mentions of these under-development features in previous leaks, which have given us a good idea of what they may look like upon release. Now, app...

[Update] It’s not just you: Instagram is down right now

Instagram is down as of this writing on Thursday afternoon. Facebook, which owns Instagram, is also experience an outage, as is Messenger. All three services seem to have gone down around 5:30PM ET, with no word on what’s causing the problem. This is actually the second time in less than a month that Facebook and owned...

Instagram is working on letting you save drafts of your Story

While Snapchat pioneered the concept of stories, Instagram came up with their own version later and actually managed to beat Snapchat at their own game. Nowadays, 500 million people use Instagram Stories every day, and that number is only set to go up. Instagram has added many features to stories, including GIFs, stickers, background music,...

You can activate dark theme on Instagram website with a simple URL parameter

Dark theme is among one of the most requested app features these days. Ever since Google and Apple added system-wide dark themes in Android 10 and iOS 13, many app developers have endeavored to bring native dark themes to their apps. Social media apps form one of the most popular categories of apps on the...

Instagram Lite brings the clean experience to more than 170 countries

In December last year, Instagram launched the Instagram Lite, a light-weight version of its main app designed specifically for users with slow internet connectivity and low-end smartphones. At the time, the app was limited to India, with the company promising to bring the app to global markets at a later date. Today, Instagram is finally...

Facebook tests letting Instagram influencers surface their Reels to the Facebook app

Facebook has begun testing a new feature that will allow content creators to have their Instagram Reels videos featured on Facebook. The feature is currently being tested with select content creators and influencers in India. As reported by Reuters, Facebook is allowing content creators in India to have their Reels appear on the Facebook feed on...

Instagram prepares for Clubhouse-like audio rooms and end-to-end encryption in chats

The recent surge in Clubhouse's popularity shows voice-based interactions are the future of social networking. Clubhouse is currently limited to iOS and you can only access it if another user invites you. Seeing this as a potential opportunity, social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are working on their own adaptations for a wider audience....