Austria challenges paid subscription without ads on Facebook and Instagram

Meta may face problems due to the recent introduction of paid ad-free subscriptions on Facebook and Instagram for European Union users, reports Reuters. The company announced this service last month. The cost of a subscription is about 9.99 euros per month on the web or 12.99 euros on iOS and ... Read more

Meta was accused of collecting personal data of children without parental consent

Since at least 2019, Meta has deliberately refused to close most accounts of children under the age of 13, collecting their personal data without parental consent, writes CNN. This is stated in a declassified court document that is part of a federal lawsuit against the social media giant. Attorneys general ... Read more

Instagram allows downloading Reels directly from the mobile app

Instagram users can now download Reels directly from the app. The feature became available to all users on Wednesday, reports TechCrunch. To download a video, go to the Share menu and find the appropriate download button. If the video uses licensed music, it will be downloaded without sound. In addition, ... Read more

Facebook and Instagram to get new AI tools for photo editing and video creation

Facebook and Instagram will receive new AI-based tools that will allow users to edit photos and create “high-quality videos” using text descriptions. This was reported by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, according to The Verge. The new features are based on Emu, the company’s basic model for creating images. The ... Read more

Instagram has introduced many new filters and is testing additional tools

For the first time in many years, Instagram has introduced new filters. On iOS, there are more than 25 of them in addition to the existing ones, reports The Verge. Some filters change the color or tone of an image. Others offer more global editing options, like the Wide angle ... Read more

Threads finally allows users to delete an account separately from Instagram

Meta launches the ability to delete a Threads profile without having to delete an Instagram account. This was reported by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, according to The Verge. According to him, this feature will be available in the “Delete or deactivate profile” section. The option is not yet available to ... Read more

Threads users can now hide their posts on Instagram and Facebook

Many Threads users report that they now have the option to opt out of showing their posts on Instagram and Facebook, writes The Verge. This option has been added to the platform settings. To do this, in Threads, go to Privacy and select Share posts in other apps. In the ... Read more

Mark Zuckerberg rejected Meta’s proposals to improve adolescent mental health

Mark Zuckerberg personally rejected the initiatives of Meta’s top management to improve the mental health of teenagers using Facebook and Instagram. This is evidenced by documents made public as part of a court case against the company, writes CNN. According to them, Meta’s CEO ignored or suspended top managers who ... Read more

The EU launches paid subscriptions to Facebook and Instagram. How much will it cost?

Meta launches an ad-free paid subscription on Facebook and Instagram. The service is available throughout the European Union, reports The Verge. The subscription fee will be about 9.99 euros per month on the web or 12.99 euros on iOS and Android, including additional fees for these platforms. The ad-free subscription ... Read more

Meta accused of causing addiction in children by Facebook and Instagram

In the United States, a group of 42 prosecutors filed a lawsuit against Meta. They accuse the company of making Facebook and Instagram features addictive and targeting children and teenagers, writes CNBC. According to prosecutors, Meta designed its Facebook and Instagram products in such a way that young users stayed ... Read more

Instagram is testing a feed that will include posts only from verified users

Instagram is testing a switch that will allow posts from verified accounts to be included in the feed. This was announced by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, writes The Verge. “We’re exploring this as a new control for people and a way for businesses and creators to get discovered,” he explained. ... Read more

In the EU, access to Instagram or Facebook without ads can cost $14 per month

Meta is considering introducing a fee of up to $14 for users in the European Union to access Instagram or Facebook without ads. This was reported by The Economic Times with reference to The Wall Street Journal. For example, the cost of access on a desktop computer can be about ... Read more

Meta has shown smart glasses that can broadcast on Facebook and Instagram

Meta has introduced a new generation of smart glasses with artificial intelligence called Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses. With them, users will be able to launch live broadcasts on Facebook and Instagram, reports The Verge. The option is quite interesting, but it exacerbates the already complex issue of privacy. Meanwhile, Meta ... Read more

AI tools for image editing will appear on Instagram

Meta has introduced new AI-based features for image editing on Instagram, writes Engadget. We’re talking about the new “restyle” and “backdrop” tools. The former resembles a powerful AI-based filter that allows you to modify existing photos and give them a different look. The second tool allows you to work with ... Read more

Meta is preparing to introduce an AI chatbot with dozens of characters

Meta plans to introduce an AI chatbot that will have different characters with distinct personalities. Inside the company, they are called Gen AI Personas, according to The Wall Street Journal. According to people with knowledge of the situation, the company is trying to attract more young people to the platform ... Read more

Facebook and Instagram may introduce paid subscriptions for EU users

Meta may offer users in Europe a paid subscription option on Facebook and Instagram, which will include no ads, writes Engadget with reference to The New York Times. This idea could be a way for the tech giant to avoid conflicts with European regulators over data privacy, as social media ... Read more

Instagram and Facebook users in the EU will get rid of Meta recommendation algorithms

European users of Instagram and Facebook will be able to access Stories, Reels, and Search without Meta recommendation algorithms. This was stated by Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, according to The Verge. “For example, on Facebook and Instagram, users will have the option to view Stories and ... Read more

Branded content tools will move from Instagram to Threads

Instagram plans to move its branded content tools to its new Threads platform. This is reported by Axios. Such tools are not yet available on Threads, but Instagram plans to address this issue quickly. This will give marketers an opportunity to start experimenting with paid promotion. For their part, brands ... Read more

Meta is working to ensure that deleting an account in Threads does not erase an Instagram profile

Meta is working to allow users to delete their accounts on the new Threads platform without deleting their Instagram profile. This was announced by the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, writes Engadget. According to him, Meta is aware of this situation and is looking for a way to solve it. ... Read more

Threads account cannot be deleted without deleting Instagram profile – Meta condition

The social platform Threads was able to attract 10 million registrations around the world within seven hours of its launch. But it turned out that the Twitter competitor has an unexpected condition of use – deleting the Threads account will lead to the closure of the associated Instagram profile, says ... Read more

You can now try Threads – a Twitter clone developed by Instagram

Meta has officially launched a new social platform Threads, developed by the Instagram team, which will compete directly with Twitter Elon Musk. Mark Zuckerberg has already managed to report that 4 hours after the launch of Threads, it has 5 million registered users. A good warm-up before a possible billionaire ... Read more

Twitter competitor: Instagram’s new Threads app is set to launch on July 6

Instagram’s rumored Twitter competitor has hit the iOS app store in the US. The app will be called Threads and is expected to launch on July 6, according to the App Store. This is reported by TechCrunch. “Threads is where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you ... Read more

Music statuses are now on Instagram

Instagram continues to experiment with statuses called Notes in its app. Another update allows you to add a song to your status – similar to how you could do it in messengers from the 2000s. As a reminder, you can add personal statuses in the messages section of the Instagram ... Read more

Meta showed what Twitter’s future competitor will look like

One of the top managers of Meta showed employees of the technological giant a preview of the future competitor of the social network Twitter during a meeting in the company. This is reported by The Verge. The new standalone app will be based on Instagram and will integrate with the ... Read more

Instagram algorithms promote accounts that share child abuse content, study finds

Instagram’s recommendation algorithms link and promote accounts that promote and sell child sexual abuse content. This is reported by researchers from Stanford University, reports NBC Bay Area. According to them, the service stands out from other social media platforms and has a particularly serious problem with accounts displaying self-generated child ... Read more