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Facebook wants to make it crystal clear that you're using a Facebook product

Facebook wants to make it crystal clear that you're using a Facebook product

Today Facebook has unveiled its new logo that attempts to clearly differentiate between Facebook the company and Facebook the social media service that Facebook owns. In addition, it is continuing to push more of its branding on apps, such as Instagram and WhatsApp, by marking Facebook ownership in a more conspicuous manner. We thought the company had already made things pretty clear when it rebranded earlier this year but clearly that was just the beginning.

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Your sketchy Instagram habits are private now that the Following tab is gone

Your sketchy Instagram habits are private now that the Following tab is gone

A few days ago, BuzzFeed reported that Instagram was removing one of the most berated features of its app, the Following tab. That has indeed been the case, with the app first showing a blank tab with a disclaimer that it's going away, then completely removing it in the most recent update.

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Instagram's dark mode is official for Android 10

Instagram's dark mode is official for Android 10

After years of pining from enthusiasts, more and more Android apps are starting to get dark modes. Most of Google's offerings now have them available, and Nova Launcher just added official support yesterday. Instagram has now become the latest application with an official dark theme, though only for Android 10 (and iOS 13) for now.

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Instagram pushes quick, private messaging with yet another new app, Threads

Instagram pushes quick, private messaging with yet another new app, Threads

Peer-to-peer media sharing apps have gone through all of their growth phases — from Snapchat opening people up to private pics to competition with Instagram through to the commoditization of the dreaded Stories format — that we figure it's about time things came full circle. And from none other than Facebook comes Threads, a private sharing app that enables you to quickly send snaps to your Close Friends on Instagram.

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Instagram is finally working on app shortcuts for Android

Instagram is finally working on app shortcuts for Android

Android added support for app shortcuts back in late 2016 with Android 7.1 Nougat, and depending on your habits, they're either some of the most important things on your home screen or they've gone completely unused. For the former, they offer faster and more precise use of your apps, saving you from wading through pesky navigation drawers or getting caught up in a news feed. Instagram may be a little late to the party, but app shortcuts are starting to show up on the Android app for a few lucky users.

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[Update: Not just Android 10] Instagram is testing a dark UI mode for Android 10

[Update: Not just Android 10] Instagram is testing a dark UI mode for Android 10

Android 10 is finally here to save us from blindingly bright apps, but only a few apps have support for the new dark theme. Instagram might be one of them soon, though. Several tipsters say they've seen Instagram flip over to a dark mode in Android 10, but you probably won't have this feature on your device yet.

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[Update: Fixed] Selecting images in Android 10's app switcher is broken, preventing you from easily sharing Instagram pics

[Update: Fixed] Selecting images in Android 10's app switcher is broken, preventing you from easily sharing Instagram pics

Android P introduced a rather magical ability for smart text and image selection (on Pixel devices, mostly in English). When you opened the app switcher, a.k.a. Overview or Recents, you could tap and hold on any text or image to share it to another app. This allowed users to circumvent certain apps' lack of a proper share menu, so you could send Instagram pics as proper images via other apps, instead of sending post links.

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[Update: App description, not name] Facebook wants the world to know it owns Instagram and WhatsApp

[Update: App description, not name] Facebook wants the world to know it owns Instagram and WhatsApp

Even though Facebook acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp several years ago, the two services have operated fairly independently for a while. There has been some limited integration between the three in the form of friends and Story sharing across services, without being taken any further. Back in January, though, the company announced it's working on a unified backend for its messaging apps, and even considering cross-platform chat. But before doing so, Facebook needs everybody to know Instagram and WhatsApp are part of the company, as it wants to append its name to both services.

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Instagram’s new anti-bullying tools remind commenters not to be dicks

Instagram’s new anti-bullying tools remind commenters not to be dicks

As with many things in life, bullying is a two-way street. To prevent it from taking place, the bully should be able to be prevented from harming someone else and the bullied should be empowered to take action and represent themselves without fear of repercussions. Instagram, which can be a hotbed for interpersonal conflict, has been ramping up anti-bullying measures in recent months and has just brought in two new tools to let bullies rethink what they want to say and to let the bullied manage their counterpart's presence on their posts.

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all experiencing global media outage

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all experiencing global media outage

Every few months or so, Facebook's servers seemingly decide to take a nap. This time around, the core services themselves (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) are still up, but people around the world are complaining about images and other media not being able to load.

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