Journalism In the Americas: Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute. “In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries.”
Mashable: Instagram tests ‘Suggestions For You’ panel under posts sent via DM . “Instagram is sliding into our DMs to encourage us to follow more people Under some posts sent through Instagram direct messaging, a ‘Suggestions for You’ panel will load featuring related accounts, Instagram confirmed to Mashable.”
BBC: Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram. “The aunt of a 12-year-old girl has shared screenshots online of the adverts her niece was served up on Instagram during the course of a day. Many were based around fashion or beauty.” Apparently the girl is just about to turn 13, which is Facebook’s minimum for joining its social networks.
Mashable: Instagram makes it easier to take back hacked accounts . “Instagram is finally addressing a huge problem on its platform: hacked accounts. The company says it is making a series of changes that will make it easier for people to regain access to a hacked account.”
Yahoo Finance: Instagram grapples with ‘fake news’ problem as phony accounts proliferate “Fake or ‘copycat’ Instagram (FB) accounts are taking over the platform, in a ploy to attract more followers. Scam accounts like the now-deleted @SudanMealPlan have been exploiting high-profile movements by preying on unassuming users. Separately, Sudan’s deepening political crisis is the latest target with @SudanMealPlan garnering nearly half a million followers — in just one week.”
Elite Daily: What Is A “Lurksta”? This New Instagram Trend Is Perfect For Keeping Tabs On Someone From Afar. “The most important part of the ‘lurksta’ account is that it looks legit. Just like a catfish account, a lurking account must include a profile picture (of a rando, of course, because including a photo of yourself would defeat the purpose) and usually enough followers to avoid suspicion (because who’s going to accept a follow request from someone who has no followers of their own?).”
Strange Attractor: How The Economist is using data-driven interactive Stories to grow its Instagram following. “Topping my media newsletter today is a story from my friends at Journalism.co.uk on how The Economist is using interactive data Stories on Instagram to grow their following on the social media platform.”