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Why Meta’s $315M acquisition of Giphy is set to get BLOCKED

Meta, the corporate conqueror formerly known as Facebook, looks set to lose a chunk of its gargantuan empire. According to the Financial Times, the UK’s competition regulator is expected to reverse the company’s acquisition of Giphy. The move, which would be the first time that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reversed a big tech deal, could set a precedent for future action. The CMA’s investigation Facebook agreed to buy Giphy for $315 million in May 2020. Announcing the deal in ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Social Media, Cma, Financial Times, Giphy, Insider, Competition and Markets Authority CMA, Vishal Shah, Facebook VP of Product

Adam Mosseri vs Congress: Why the Senate believes Instagram is bad for kids

Instagram is in the crosshairs of Congress. The social app’s chief, Adam Mosseri, is expected to testify before a Senate panel in the week of December 6. Mosseri will appear as part of a series of hearings about online safety for kids, The New York Times reports. The hearing will be led by Senator Richard Blumenthal, who heads the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection. “After bombshell reports about Instagram’s toxic impacts, we want to hear straight from the company’s leadership w...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Congress, Senate, New York Times, Insider, Richard Blumenthal, Senate Commerce, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Plugged

Hide the pain, Harold — study shows memes help ease pandemic stress

Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting, while trying to feed, entertain and beg-to-sleep an infant whose day care had closed, I needed a break but couldn’t really take one in April of 2020. Enter memes. Between work, moving the laundry and taking care of my own dogs, I could sneak a peak at Instagram and chuckle at images of very excited pups, psyched that their humans were now home all day, every day. I study media processes and effects, which is the psychology of how media messages can affect you. As...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Insights, Insider, Harold, Next Featured

Instagram Kids put on ice after backlash from lawmakers and child safety groups

Instagram is pausing plans to build a kids’ version of the app after a fierce backlash from lawmakers, child safety groups, and parents. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, announced the move in a blog post published Monday: While we stand by the need to develop this experience, we’ve decided to pause this project. This will give us time to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younge...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Tech, Insider, Adam Mosseri, Instagram Kids

Surprise surprise: Facebook is ignoring Instagram’s harmful impact on teens

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report. Facebook’s policy of pursuing profits regardless of documented harm has sparked comparisons to Big Tobacco, which knew in the 1950s that its products were carcinogenic but pub...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Wall Street Journal, Insider, Big Tobacco, Next Featured

FTC lawsuit seeks to force Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook’s “special announcement” of a new VR meeting app was curiously timed. It arrived on the same day that the Federal Trade Commission made a fresh attempt to force the company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. The FTC filed an antitrust complaint on Thursday that alleges Facebook used an illegal buy-or-bury scheme to maintain its market dominance. The US competition regulator argues that Facebook repeatedly failed to develop meaningful innovations on its mobile app. Instead, it acquired comp...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Insider, Next Featured

How ‘Instagram therapy’ is helping women with mental health

Women make up the majority of people living with mood disorders in Canada. However, treatments and resources that are adapted to their needs are still lacking. Looking for ways to feel better, many women are turning to social media platforms like Instagram. To make sense of the phenomenon called “Instagram therapy,” I interviewed more than 20 women in 2020 who use Instagram for mental health care. I found that women turn to the image-sharing platform to counter the lack of available resources. I...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Tech, Canada, Insider, Next Featured

Instagram tests a notification to remind you that Facebook still exists

Facebook may technically have more users than any other social media platform, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the most popular. Now it looks like someone at Facebook is at least a little jealous of Instagram‘s success. At least, that’s what a new test hitting the Instagram app suggests. As noted by Engadget, Instagram is testing a blurb at the top of users’ feeds that reminds them of features that are only available on Facebook. Among these are “how to find a job, date online, buy and se...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Insider, Engadget Instagram, Plugged

Facebook turns WhatsApp into a shopping hub with virtual storefronts

Facebook has slowly but surely been looking for ways to monetize its investment in WhatsApp, adding new several features for businesses over the past few years. Now the company is turning it into a straight-up shopping hub — in a few countries, at least. Facebook introduced Shops in 2020 as a way to turn Facebook and Instagram pages into digital storefronts, with a particular emphasis on small businesses. The company noted at the time that the feature would be coming to WhatsApp (and Messenger),...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Insider, Plugged

Facebook Oversight Board upholds ban on Donald Trump’s accounts, for now

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the platform’s decision to ban Donald Trump‘s accounts, but says the company broke its own rules by imposing an indefinite suspension. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended indefinitely in the wake of the US Capitol riots over fears that he would use the platforms to encourage further violence. The social network had already blocked Trump from posting for 24 hours, but then extended the ban until at least Joe Biden replaced him as president ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Insider, Trump, US Capitol, Facebook 's Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board, Trump 's Facebook

Signal’s smartass ad exposes Facebook’s creepy data collection

Facebook is notorious for generating creepily personal ads from reams of user data, but most people don’t understand how the system works. Now, an attack ad campaign by Signal has shone some light on the opaque surveillance dragnet. The privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy “multi-variant targeted” ads on Instagram to show what parent company Facebook knows about its users. The campaign aimed to expose how Facebook’s array of services harvest user information to personalize ads. Advertisers...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Signal, Insider, Neural

Facebook Oversight Board to announce if it’ll reverse Trump ban on May 5

Facebook’s Oversight Board — something akin to a supreme court for the company — will decide whether to reverse the controversial Trump ban on Wednesday at 9:00 AM ET. The Trump ban went into effect on January 7, a day after the Capitol riot. Zuckerberg said Trump was banned “indefinitely” from Facebook and Instagram, but the matter was then submitted to the company’s Oversight Board on January 21. The Oversight Board was originally slated to make a decision within 90 days, but the ruling was de...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Zuckerberg, Insider, Trump, Oversight Board, Facebook 's Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board

Instagram now has audio-only livestreams, because Clubhouse (probably)

Oh hey, Facebook is taking a page out of Clubhouse’s book. Again. Times two. Instagram has added the ability to run audio-only broadcasts on Instagram Live. It doesn’t quite turn Instagram into Clubhouse, but it’s hard not to look at the update through the lens of the meteoric rise of audio-centric platforms like Clubhouse and Twitter’s Spaces. Who’d have thought that glorified conference calls would be the next big thing? Granted, maybe this update has nothing to do with Clubhouse. At its core,...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Clubhouse, Insider, Plugged

Mark Zuckerberg is being pressured to abandon plans for an Instagram for children. Advocacy groups worry about endless scrolling and body-image shaming.

happydancing/Shutterstock happydancing/Shutterstock Dozens of advocacy groups urged Facebook to drop plans for an Instagram for kids under 13. They said the platform isn't a solution to preventing children from using Instagram. Facebook has said it would be a parent-controlled experience allowing kids to keep up with friends. See more stories on Insider's business page. Children's advocacy groups are begging Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans for an Instagram for c...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Youtube Kids, Zuckerberg, Insider, Google Facebook, Instagram Facebook, Pavni Diwanji, Tech Insider, Natasha Dailey

Instagram apologizes after algorithm promotes harmful diet content to people with eating disorders

Instagram has apologized for a “mistake” that led its algorithm to promote harmful diet content to people with eating disorders. The social network had been automatically recommending terms including “appetite suppressant,” which campaigners feared could lead vulnerable people to relapse. Facebook, which owns Instagram, told the BBC that the suggestions were triggered by a new search functionality: As part of this new feature, when you tap on the search bar, we’ll suggest topics you may want to ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Bbc, Insider, Neural

Report: Sonos and Ikea’s next Symfonisk speaker may double as wall art

Sonos and Ikea’s Symfonisk line has been pretty popular due to their quirky looks and surprisingly good sound — showing that even lamps can make for good speakers. Now it appears the companies are following up their partnership with an updated table lamp and a new product altogether. According to The Verge, Ikea and Sonos are preparing to launch a speaker that doubles as wall art. Ikea teased the updated Symfonisk speakers on its Instagram account, although it didn’t say what specifically was co...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Fcc, Ikea, Insider, Plugged

Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger are down (Update: they’re back)

Update (7:30 PM CET): The services seem to be returning to normal now. Hope you enjoyed the break. Our original report follows. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger have gone down for users around the world. Thousands of users have reported problems accessing the Facebook-owned apps to outage tracking website DownDetector. Facebook is yet to provide any official response to the outages, but users are flocking to Twitter to complain about the issue. Facebook, Instagram & WhatsApp collectiv...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Insider, Facebook Instagram, DownDetector Facebook

Instagram’s new AI feature stops adults from messaging kids who don’t follow them

Instagram today unveiled two new AI tools designed to protect young users on the platform. The first feature prevents adults from messaging people under 18 who don’t follow them. It then sends the adult user a notification saying they can’t DM the account. Instagram has provided little detail on how the system works, but parent company Facebook said in a blogpost that it uses AI to infer the users’ ages: This feature relies on our work to predict peoples’ ages using machine learning technology, ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Insider, Neural

Instagram’s algorithm pushes users towards COVID-19 misinformation, study finds

Instagram‘s algorithm is recommending COVID-19 and anti-vaccination misinformation to potentially millions of users, according to new research. The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) used test accounts to investigate the recommendations on Instagram’s Explore page and new Suggested Post feature. They found that the tools encourage users to view misinformation and then push those who engage with the posts towards other extremist content: If a user follows anti-vaxxers, they are fed QAnon c...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Insider, Neural, Center for Countering Digital Hate CCDH, Suggested Post

Instagram’s new Live Rooms lets you go live with three other people — too bad you don’t have any followers

Instagram today launched Live Rooms, a new feature that lets you go live with up to three other people. Instagram users could previously only go live with one other person, but can now “double-up” on their broadcasts. That should make the feature handy for hanging out with friends, interacting with audiences, participating in classes, and collaborating on creative projects. Live Rooms also gives creators more ways to monetize their work. Viewers can show appreciation for their hosts by buying ba...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Insider

Apple TV+ finally arrives on (some) Android TV devices

It’s hard to keep up with all the streaming services available these days, but for Android TV users, one of the big ones the’ve long been missing out on is Apple TV+. That’s finally starting to change today. Google announced that the Apple TV app is now available on the Chromecast with Google TV, as well as Sony and TCL devices running Google TV. The Apple TV app of course allows you to watch Apple TV+, but also includes your previous Apple TV purchases. Google TV is a customized version of Andr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Photography, Sony, Insider, Tcl, Plugged

Trump banned ‘indefinitely’ from Facebook and Instagram

Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook and Instagram “indefinitely” following the riots at the US Capitol building. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Trump’s accounts would be blocked at least until Joe Biden replaces him as president on January 20. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. The social network had already blocked Trump from posting for 24 hours. It a...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Social Media, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Insider, Trump, US Capitol

Messenger and Instagram’s ‘Vanish Mode’ makes chats self-destruct with a swipe

It was just last week that Facebook introduced ephemeral messages in WhatsApp that disappear in seven days. Now the company is going a step further by introducing “Vanish Mode” for Messenger and Instagram, which will automatically delete text messages and media as soon as they are viewed and you leave the chat. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s yet another feature Facebook is borrowing from Snapchat, which has offered similar functionality for years. To activate the feature, yo...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Insider, Plugged

Facebook and Instagram just banned all QAnon accounts, “even if they contain no violent content”

Back in August, Facebook announced it would begin banning posts related to the QAnon conspiracy movement that supported acts of violence. Since then, the company has removed “over 1,500 Pages and Groups for QAnon containing discussions of potential violence and over 6,500 Pages and Groups tied to more than 300 Militarized Social Movements.” But today, the company is taking one of its broadest moderation moves ever, banning “any Facebook Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, e...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Groups, Insider, Facebook Pages Groups

YouTube officially launches its own TikTok competitor, Shorts

TikTok is really the popular kid in social media these days, as evidenced by the massive American tech companies fighting over who gets to buy a cut of it. Others, like Instagram, have instead try to copy the format, and now YouTube has joined the fray. YouTube today officially announced ‘Shorts,’ a short-format video feature that lives right within the main app. While the company has recently been highlighting videos that only last a few seconds long in its mobile app, Shorts takes things the n...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Youtube, Insider, Tiktok, Plugged

The best cashmere sweaters

Cashmere sweaters can be very expensive, but if you know where to shop, you can get high-quality sweaters for $100 to $300. These are the best places to shop for cashmere sweaters.Everlane's no-frills basics are beautiful in their simplicity, and its affordable cashmere sweaters are no exception. You'll find basic, go-with-everything styles that are perfect for work or play.I don't know about you, but I grew up thinking cashmere sweaters were the height of luxury. I remember a brief phase where ...
Tags: Reviews, Style, Instagram, Clothing, Women, Trends, Features, Buying Guide, Patagonia, Sweaters, Mongolia, Everlane, Insider, MEGHAN MARKLE, Women's clothing, Nadaam

The best women's swimsuits

Finding the right swimsuit for you may seem impossible, but we're here to help. We've tested swimsuits from leading brands to find the best ones. makes the best swimsuits for most women, but we know there's no one best choice, so we list several other excellent swimsuit brands.  When it comes to picking a swimsuit, it really is all about you. Be sure that the suit that you've chosen is one that makes you feel confident and comfortable. There are several different styles to consider when choos...
Tags: Reviews, Instagram, Women, Trends, Features, Buying Guide, Patagonia, Athleta, American Eagle, Swim, Insider, Atlantic Ocean, Aerie, Boden, Eloquii, Swimsuit

Instagram’s new ‘Suggested Posts’ feature will keep you scrolling forever

As if Instagram weren’t addictive enough already, the company is adding a new feature that’s intended to keep you scrolling through your feed even longer. Starting today, Instagram will load ‘Suggested Posts‘ at the end of your feed, once you’re all caught up with updates from friends and other accounts you follow. Normally when you get to the end of your feed, Instagram simply displays a ‘You’re all caught up!’ message and lets you view older posts. Instead, you’ll now see suggested posts from ...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Insider, Plugged

Instagram rolls out proper QR codes to let you follow accounts quickly

It was just last month that WhatsApp officially introduced the ability to add contacts via a QR code, and now Instagram is taking a leaf out of its sister app’s book. The company today began to widely roll out QR codes in its app, after trialing the feature last year in Japan, according to The Verge. Aside from WhatsApp, it follows similar moves from apps like Messenger and Snapchat, which originated the concept. Truth be told, this isn’t the first time Instagram has attempted the ‘scan-and-add’...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Instagram, Social Media, Insider

Instagram introduces Reels in India fill the nation’s TikTok-sized void

It’s been almost a week since TikTok was banned in India, and we’ve seen a trove of clones trying to fill in the gap. In a power move, Facebook-owned Instagram is introducing its short-video tool Reels in test mode in the country. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s the full roll-out of the Reels for all users across India. The company said this will be a “broad test” in the country, and did not clarify which users will get Reels, or how it’s choosing to make the feature available. Reels was la...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, India, Brazil, Insider

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