Tag: Instagram

Instagram Star Admits to Using Stock as Own Work

Instagram Star Admits to Using Stock as Own Work

Singapore-based photographer Daryl Aiden recently issued an apology after admitted to uploading stock image library content as his work. News site Mothership caught Aiden uploading images from Shutterstock, CanStockPhoto, Unsplash.com and other stock photo sites. Some were merely edited to alter their colour and composition. The popular Instagram photographer who already has more than 104,000 followers has already worked with brands such as Sony, Oppo, and Uniqlo.   On the issue, global technology editor for Campaign UK magazine Emily Tan remarked that no brand is completely safe when working with an influencer, just as no brand ambassador can be guaranteed […]

Instagram to Challenge YouTube with Long-Form Video

Instagram to Challenge YouTube with Long-Form Video

Facebook-owned Instagram announced this week that it has reached over a billion monthly active users and is looking to launch a long-form video hub called IGTV. CEO Kevin Systrom said that the mobile-focused video hub, which will be available on Instagram or as a standalone app, will initially be ad-free, but the company may leverage it in the future. Users are expected to spend more time on the app due to the longer video format, which can help Instagram increase its advertising profit. Systrom also assured that they have added more staff to help moderate the new content. Source: CNBC

Twitter, Instagram Slammed for Failing to Take Down Xanax Ads

Twitter, Instagram Slammed for Failing to Take Down Xanax Ads

Labour MP for Enfield Southgate in London Bambos Charalambous brought to the attention of the parliament this week several accounts and ads on Twitter and Instagram for anti-anxiety medication Xanax. The MP revealed that the social media sites had not taken action despite reports that were sent to them. According to the BBC, Twitter had failed to take down 16 of such posts and pages, while Instagram took down 7 out of 10 within two weeks.    The drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, said that the Xanax being advertised were likely to be fake. Source: BBC

Instagram, YouTube Decision Diverge on Russian Censorship Case

Instagram, YouTube Decision Diverge on Russian Censorship Case

It was reported that Instagram had conceded to the demands of Russia’s internet censor and had taken down controversial content implicating billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Both Instagram and YouTube had been ordered by the censor to remove the posts made by prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny from their platforms by Wednesday, or face banning. However, the deadline has already passed but YouTube had taken no action whatsoever. The video in question which shows Deripaska on deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko on a yacht with deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko has already been viewed more than 5 million times. Source: BBC

Russian ISPs May Block YouTube and Instagram

An altercation between a top Russian businessman and a prominent opposition leader may result to a ban of YouTube and Instagram in the country. It is said that billionaire Oleg Deripaska has made moves to take down material which implicated him in claims of corruption uploaded by Alexei Navalny on both platforms. Russia’s internet censor has already blacklisted the material, and if Navalny or the both US tech companies do not remove or block access to the imagery in question, ISPs will act on the matter themselves. However, a Russian Association for Electronic Communications spokeswoman said that it is impossible […]

Marketers Express Greater Interest in Snapchat over Instagram

Marketers Express Greater Interest in Snapchat over Instagram

According to research released by eMarketer last Monday, Snapchat may have an edge over Instagram in terms of capturing a younger demographic, and it seems that marketing companies may be favoring the former because of this. Digital marketing chief Aaron Shapiro of Huge says that businesses now feel obligated to spend on Snapchat, rather than on Instagram, because of its greater reach to the millennial generation. According to eMarketer, Snapchat will be adding 1.9 million users within the age group this year, while Instagram will only add 1.6 million. According to experts, other advantages of Snapchat over its rival is […]

Facebook to Ban All Cryptocurrency Ads

Facebook to Ban All Cryptocurrency Ads

Facebook’s Rob Leathern recently announced in a blogpost that the company will be rolling out a new policy which will ban the advertising of ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and binary options. Facebook says that the change, which is seen as a broad brush approach by some in the cryptocurrency sphere, is only intended to protect users from bad actors and scams often associated with the unregulated nature of such financial products and services.   Facebook adds that they are working to improve detection of deceptive and misleading ad practices, and will be enforcing the policy across other platforms including Audience Network and […]

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

The Iranian government has blocked Telegram and Instagram after a spate of anti-establishment protests in the country. The government says that the encrypted messaging app and the social media platform had been used to organize the protests and promote dissent in the country. President Hassan Rouhani said that “Iranians have the right to protest, but not cause disorder.” In a post, Telegram creator Pavel Durov revealed that they had to take down a public channel called @amadnews for encouraging its subscribers to use explosives and firearms against the police. The channel creators however, created a new channel for its subscribers […]

Facebook Abused Dominance, German Watchdog Finds

Facebook Abused Dominance, German Watchdog Finds

Germany’s competition watchdog, the Federal Cartel Office, recently concluded its 20-month probe into social networking giant Facebook and said that the company had abused its market dominance. The FCO challenged Facebook’s monetization of its user’s personal data and objected to the company’s use of third-party data which includes that from WhatsApp and Instagram. Cartel office President Andreas Mundt called Facebook’s data collection process as “problematic”. Facebook responded by defending itself, and said that the regulator had “painted and inaccurate picture”, but nevertheless said that it would cooperate with the authorities’ investigation. Source: Reuters

NCA: Child Exploitation via Live Streaming an Immediate Threat

NCA: Child Exploitation via Live Streaming an Immediate Threat

The UK’s National Crime Agency recently warned that live streaming is increasingly being used by sex offenders to abuse children online. Law enforcement says that it had identified 345 vulnerable children and arrested 192 people, 30% involving streaming, blackmail and grooming within just one week. Authorities pointed out that abusers thrive on the immediacy provided by live streaming and called on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to act on the evolving threat against children online. Source: BBC