Meta set to discontinue cross-messaging between Instagram and Facebook

Meta has silently updated its support pages to indicate that the company won’t let users on Instagram message their Facebook contacts anymore. The company, as pointed out by 9to5Google, said the

Threads downloads return to growth as X adds Walmart to its advertiser exodus

Recent efforts by Meta to grow Threads’ install base have been working. According to a new analysis of app store trends, Instagram Threads is now outpacing X, formerly Twitter, at least in terms

Instagram Threads search now supports ‘all languages’ in latest update

Instagram’s Twitter/X rival, Threads, is becoming more competitive with the expansion of its keyword search feature to all markets where the app is available. The feature was initially tested in

Instagram now allows anyone to download public Reels

Instagram head Adam Mosseri said Wednesday that the app now allows all users across the world to download public Reels to their devices. Prior to this rollout, you could only save Reels to the Instagr

Instagram adds new features, including custom AI stickers, photo filters, a clip hub and more

Alongside a bevy of creator updates, Instagram is adding a new feature that will allow users to create custom stickers for their Reels and Stories using AI. Driven by Meta’s Segment Anything AI

Instagram brings Close Friends feature to the main feed

Instagram’s Close Friends feature is expanding. Previously, users could share stories with a select group of people, rather than all of their followers, but now, users can also share main feed p

Threads now lets users opt out of having their posts appear on Facebook and Instagram

In response to user feedback, Instagram’s Threads will now let users turn off automatic sharing of their Threads posts to other apps, including Instagram and Facebook — a move that had not

Meta and Amazon team up on new in-app shopping feature on Facebook & Instagram

Meta may have abandoned its efforts around live shopping on Facebook and Instagram, but the social networking company still believes in its apps’ potential as a shopping platform. That leads to

Instagram is finally testing a feature to let you turn off read receipts for DMs

Instagram is finally testing a feature that will let users turn off read receipts for Instagram DMs. This way, even if you have read someone’s message, they won’t see the “seen&#8221

The demise of Twitter Circles left a void that Instagram Close Friends can’t fill

When X’s Circles feature shut down this week, the app formerly known as Twitter turned its back on the best product it’s shipped since the Quote Tweet. Like an Instagram Close Friends story, Circl

Instagram spotted developing a customizable ‘AI friend’

Instagram has been spotted developing an “AI friend” feature that users would be able to customize to their liking and then converse with, according to screenshots shared by app researcher Alessan

Threads isn’t dead and it now has polls and GIFs too

Meta’s X rival, Instagram Threads, is copying a couple more X features today with the launch of support for polls and GIFs. The update comes in rapid succession to other releases for the new app

Why 42 states came together to sue Meta over kids’ mental health

Attorneys general from dozens of states sued Meta this week, accusing the company of deliberately designing its products to appeal to kids to the detriment of their mental health. In the lawsuit, file

Instagram is testing a dedicated feed for posts from Verified users

Instagram is testing a feed that will only display posts from Meta Verified and legacy verified users, according to Instagram head Adam Mosseri. The new toggle will appear under the “Following&#

Meta has a moderation bias problem, not just a ‘bug,’ that’s suppressing Palestinian voices

Earlier this year, Palestinian-American filmmaker Khitam Jabr posted a handful of Reels about her family’s trip to the West Bank. In the short travel vlogs, Jabr shared snippets of Palestinian cultu

Meta consolidates options to manage your Meta data

Meta is rolling out new options to better manage your data related to its own platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. The company now has a single place in the Accounts Center for you to request a d

Instagram head says Threads’ blocking of ‘covid’ and related terms is temporary, to lift in ‘weeks or months’

A week after Instagram head Adam Mosseri said the company’s new Threads app will not “amplify news,” saying it’s too risky for the young X competitor, the exec is now saying th

Ray-Ban Meta sunglasses have ‘influencer’ written all over them

Somewhere between the Ray-Ban Meta and Meta Quest 3 sits an ideal mixed-reality headset. It’s slim, light, offers hand tracking and passthrough and livestreams video when the moment calls for it. It

Instagram’s ‘Sharing to Reels’ feature opens up to all app developers

Days after TikTok announced a new developer-facing feature, Direct Post, that makes it easier for third-party apps to publish videos to its platform, Meta has announced that its own Sharing to Reels w

Instagram Threads preps a Trending Topics feature in battle with X

In an effort to better compete with X (formerly Twitter), Instagram’s Threads is preparing to launch a much-in-demand feature: Trends. A Threads user spotted the update in a screenshot posted ac
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