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Instagram is a Facebook-owned social media platform that focuses on image sharing. The platform was released in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. In April 2012, the platform was acquired by Facebook for just $1 billion in cash and stock. As of 2018, Instagram was valued at approximately $100 billion. The platform is accessible on Android, iOS, Windows, and via a website in 32 languages. Instagram originally supported posting images only. Now, it allows users to post ephemeral content in the form of Stories (just like Snapchat), short-format video content (Reels), long-form videos (IGTV), and video posts. The platform sees millions of posts and stories uploaded each day with the most-like post of all time being a picture of an egg. The egg got around 55 million likes to supersede a record of 18 million likes on a post by American celebrity Kylie Jenner. Instagram is monetized via in-app advertising just like Facebook. Advertisements can be seen between stories, reels, and posts on the main feed. Instagram also allows users to call and message each other individually or in groups using a direct message feature called DMs.

Facebook 'pauses' Instagram Kids development amid intense criticism

28 Sep 2021

Facebook 'pauses' Instagram Kids development amid intense criticism

Facebook on Monday announced it had halted the development of Instagram Kids, a standalone Instagram version designed specifically for children aged 13 or younger.

Pooja Bhatt celebrates five years of abstinence from alcohol

28 Sep 2021

Pooja Bhatt celebrates five years of abstinence from alcohol

Actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt on Tuesday celebrated five years of abstinence from alcohol and credited her sobriety for keeping her "afloat" through emotional upheavals.

Instagram says it's developing a new Favorites feature

14 Sep 2021

Instagram says it's developing a new Favorites feature

To date, Instagram users have no choice but to see what the algorithm shows them at the top of their feeds. That could change soon since the Facebook-owned social media platform has confirmed it is developing a new feature called Favorites.

Instagram goes down for many users: Details here

02 Sep 2021

Instagram goes down for many users: Details here

According to the global outage detector website Downdetector, Facebook-owned Instagram just suffered an outage in several parts of the world, including India, due to issues yet unknown.

Lucknow: Man arrested for luring girls into sending obscene videos

01 Sep 2021

Lucknow: Man arrested for luring girls into sending obscene videos

A 23-year-old man was arrested from Lucknow for allegedly posing as a woman on Instagram, using a fake profile, and luring minor girls into sending their obscene pictures and videos to him, the police said on Tuesday.

Aparshakti Khurana and Aakriti Ahuja Khurana welcome baby girl

27 Aug 2021

Aparshakti Khurana and Aakriti Ahuja Khurana welcome baby girl

Actor Aparshakti Khurana and his wife, Aakriti Ahuja Khurana, on Friday announced that they have become parents to a baby girl.

Instagram will finally improve how its Search works

27 Aug 2021

Instagram will finally improve how its Search works

In a blog post penned by Instagram's head Adam Mosseri, the Facebook-owned social media platform explained how its Search feature works.

'Pinch' S02 episode-6 review: Kiara responds to being called 'ghamandi'

25 Aug 2021

'Pinch' S02 episode-6 review: Kiara responds to being called 'ghamandi'

The sixth episode of Arbaaz Khan's innovative talk show, Pinch, welcomed Kiara Advani as the guest.

TikTok confirms that it is testing a new Stories feature

06 Aug 2021

TikTok confirms that it is testing a new Stories feature

On one hand, Twitter has discontinued its "stories" feature called Fleets while on the other hand, popular short video app TikTok has confirmed that it is developing a feature called TikTok Stories that should work just like Instagram Stories.

Mumbai cop dances his way into people's hearts on Instagram

05 Aug 2021

Mumbai cop dances his way into people's hearts on Instagram

A 38-year-old police naik of the Mumbai Police has become a social media sensation with his dance videos that have gone viral and garnered thousands of likes.

From now on, Instagram's Reels can be one minute long

29 Jul 2021

From now on, Instagram's Reels can be one minute long

So far, Instagram only allowed users of its TikTok rival called Reels to make short videos that were half a minute long. The platform now announced that the maximum duration for Reels has been extended to a full minute (60 seconds).

'MasterChef Tamil': The host, streaming date and other details, revealed

13 Jul 2021

'MasterChef Tamil': The host, streaming date and other details, revealed

MasterChef franchise recently announced that the Tamil version of the show will be hosted by superstar Vijay Sethupathi.

'Money Heist 5': Lisbon, Tokyo, Berlin's BTS pictures tease fans

10 Jul 2021

'Money Heist 5': Lisbon, Tokyo, Berlin's BTS pictures tease fans

Money Heist 5 is set to release in two months and fans are eagerly waiting to see what happens next.

Like Twitter's Super Follow, Instagram developing 'Exclusive Stories' for subscribers

06 Jul 2021

Like Twitter's Super Follow, Instagram developing 'Exclusive Stories' for subscribers

Hot on the heels of Twitter's Super Follow feature, Facebook-owned Instagram has confirmed that "Exclusive Stories" is in the pipeline for creators.

Mandira Bedi remembers late husband Raj Kaushal with 'heartbroken' post

05 Jul 2021

Mandira Bedi remembers late husband Raj Kaushal with 'heartbroken' post

Actress/host/commentator Mandira Bedi updated her social media handles for the first time since the sudden death of her husband Raj Kaushal.

Facebook moderated 32mn posts in compliance with new intermediary guidelines

03 Jul 2021

Facebook moderated 32mn posts in compliance with new intermediary guidelines

Shortly after being summoned by a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram revealed they took down as many as 32 million posts in compliance with the IT Ministry's new guidelines for social media intermediaries.

Amid scuffle with ex-husband Johnny Depp, Amber Heard welcomes baby

02 Jul 2021

Amid scuffle with ex-husband Johnny Depp, Amber Heard welcomes baby

Amber Heard is now a mother!

Priyanka Chopra Jonas earns Rs. 3 crore per Instagram post?

02 Jul 2021

Priyanka Chopra Jonas earns Rs. 3 crore per Instagram post?

Priyanka Chopra Jonas has made it to the Top 30 of The Instagram Rich List 2021, which released recently.

Instagram will soon recommend posts, make videos play in fullscreen

01 Jul 2021

Instagram will soon recommend posts, make videos play in fullscreen

Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram has been compelled to continuously evolve and add features like Reels to stay competitive amid rivalry with popular platforms like TikTok.

Instagram is testing Feed post uploads via website on desktops

27 Jun 2021

Instagram is testing Feed post uploads via website on desktops

Earlier this month, Facebook-owned image sharing platform Instagram was spotted developing features that would allow users to upload content directly from a computer.

Tamannaah Bhatia to host 'MasterChef India Telugu'; shares BTS photo

27 Jun 2021

Tamannaah Bhatia to host 'MasterChef India Telugu'; shares BTS photo

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia is set to make her debut as a TV host with MasterChef India Telugu.

'Dhol' actress Payal Rohatgi arrested for threatening society member

25 Jun 2021

'Dhol' actress Payal Rohatgi arrested for threatening society member

Bigg Boss fame actress Payal Rohatgi was arrested today for verbally abusing her housing society's chairperson.

Hold on, so Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are married?

15 Jun 2021

Hold on, so Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are married?

Gwen Stefani's recent Instagram post has sparked rumors of her getting married to Blake Shelton over the weekend.

'Naagin-2' actor Rohan Gandotra lost projects for low social-media presence?

14 Jun 2021

'Naagin-2' actor Rohan Gandotra lost projects for low social-media presence?

Social media platforms can bridge the gap between celebrities and fans, helping them to interact openly.

Times when Rakhi Sawant and bizarre went hand-in-hand

13 Jun 2021

Times when Rakhi Sawant and bizarre went hand-in-hand

Rakhi Sawant sure finds ways to grab media attention with her posts and allegations.

Wait is over! Ed Sheeran's 'Bad Habits' coming this month

11 Jun 2021

Wait is over! Ed Sheeran's 'Bad Habits' coming this month

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is finally dropping new music this month.

A pizza-party post landed Siddharth Pithani straight to NCB net

02 Jun 2021

A pizza-party post landed Siddharth Pithani straight to NCB net

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was trying to catch Sushant Singh Rajput's former roommate Siddharth Pithani since last August, as per reports.

NewsBytes Briefing: Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis no longer thought-crime, and more

28 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis no longer thought-crime, and more

Mainstream media, so-called fact checkers, and Big Tech censors have a busy weekend of stealth editing incriminating content and revising their algorithmic ban hammers ahead of them.

Instagram, Facebook finally allow users to hide Likes

27 May 2021

Instagram, Facebook finally allow users to hide Likes

In mid-April, Instagram was spotted testing a setting that would allow users to hide the number of Likes from others' posts showing up on their feeds as well as their own posts. Facebook was expected to follow suit with a similar implementation.

Instagram launches new 'Shop' tab section exclusively for product drops

27 May 2021

Instagram launches new 'Shop' tab section exclusively for product drops

In yet another move markedly reducing dependency on advertising revenue, Instagram has announced that it will add a new section called "Drops" under the Shop tab on the app.

NewsBytes Briefing: Delhi Police pays Twitter a visit, and more

26 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Delhi Police pays Twitter a visit, and more

Twitter learned the hard way that Narendra Modi shouldn't be confused with Donald Trump, and that its arbitrary policies won't fly in India.

Instagram could reward content creators with Bonuses for uploading Reels

25 May 2021

Instagram could reward content creators with Bonuses for uploading Reels

In today's age where social media is drawing flak for targeted advertising, firms such as Facebook, its subsidiaries, Snap Inc., and Twitter are desperately trying to monetize their platforms in other ways.

Sambhavna Seth alleges her father died due to medical negligence

23 May 2021

Sambhavna Seth alleges her father died due to medical negligence

Actress Sambhavna Seth has alleged that her father, who was seeking treatment for COVID-19 at a Delhi hospital, passed away due to the negligence of the hospital staff.

Please stop Kangana Ranaut, enough of your tone-deaf comments!

20 May 2021

Please stop Kangana Ranaut, enough of your tone-deaf comments!

It's one thing to have an opinion, and an entirely different scenario to be lacking sensitivity.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitterati feels the subscription blues, and more

18 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitterati feels the subscription blues, and more

Apple has been going after its Big Tech rivals by hurting their ad revenue models, but Twitter is making sure it can weather Apple's impending "adpocalypse".

Make way, Rakhi Sawant is now eyeing Hollywood!

16 May 2021

Make way, Rakhi Sawant is now eyeing Hollywood!

Actress-dancer Rakhi Sawant never fails to keep us hooked to her antics, be it on a reality show or in real life.

TikTok India CEO Nikhil Gandhi resigns one year after ban

16 May 2021

TikTok India CEO Nikhil Gandhi resigns one year after ban

Video sharing app TikTok's India CEO Nikhil Gandhi has reportedly resigned from his post, almost a year after the app was permanently banned in the country.

Instagram allows users to list preferred pronouns on their profiles

13 May 2021

Instagram allows users to list preferred pronouns on their profiles

Social networking platform Instagram has launched a new, albeit small feature where users will get to update up to four pronouns on their profile.

NewsBytes Briefing: YouTube's TikTok clone already doing well, and more

13 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: YouTube's TikTok clone already doing well, and more

Silicon Valley's foundation is built on compelling ideas. But ideas can be stolen, which happens with clockwork precision in the world of social media platforms. For instance, YouTube's TikTok clone has been gradually phased out from testing to global roll-out now.

Facebook brings chat themes, new features to Instagram and Messenger

09 May 2021

Facebook brings chat themes, new features to Instagram and Messenger

Social media giant Facebook has unveiled multiple new theming features across its messaging services, including Messenger, Instagram, and Messenger Kids. Functional improvements include visual replies, read receipts, improved audio recording tools, and an updated archive feature on Instagram.