Instagram ‘fact’ pages make money through misinformation; IG and FTC say they don’t necessarily violate policies (Poynter)

Poynter: Instagram ‘fact’ pages make money through misinformation; IG and FTC say they don’t necessarily violate policies. “If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve probably come across some pretty wild ‘facts.’ Like this one from @diplyfacts, which says, ‘Lack of sleep can cause your brain to eat itself.’… Some of these posts go viral, gaining hundreds of thousands of likes and shares. While some of the content might seem inconsequential, there’s one glaring problem with these posts: Many of their handles include the word ‘fact,’ when they simply aren’t.”

CNET: Instagram will pay researchers to uncover abuse of users’ personal data

CNET: Instagram will pay researchers to uncover abuse of users’ personal data. “Instagram will pay a bounty to security researchers who find evidence that third-party apps are misusing your personal data. The program aims to encourage experts outside of Instagram and its parent company Facebook to tackle a major problem the social network faces: apps that scrape user data or try to trick you into sharing passwords and other sensitive information.”

Mashable: The hidden, magical, inclusive world of Fairytale Instagram

Mashable: The hidden, magical, inclusive world of Fairytale Instagram . “A sprawling and slowly growing niche of different fantastical subcommunities, Fairytale Instagram fully embraces the fact that social media is a platform for illusions. Yet unlike regular Instagram, its content creators, artists, photographers, and performers don’t care about tricking you into thinking it’s real.”

Michigan Live: Grand Rapids to post hundreds of historic jail mugshots on Instagram

Michigan Live: Grand Rapids to post hundreds of historic jail mugshots on Instagram. “Looking to trace the roots of your family history? If your early 20th century relatives spent some time in the Grand Rapids jail, you might be in luck. The Grand Rapids Archives is moving thousands of the city’s historical jail photos ranging from 1928-1939 into an online database, and will next month begin posting the photos on Instagram.”

PaperCity: Fight to Save Texas’ Endangered Historic Buildings Gets an Instagram Ally

PaperCity Magazine: Fight to Save Texas’ Endangered Historic Buildings Gets an Instagram Ally. “While neglect and redevelopment are destroying the remarkable modernist architecture in Dallas and Houston at an alarming rate, a new Instagram–based initiative… is documenting the cities’ mid-20th-century treasures in an effort to save them.”

PopSugar: This Instagram Tool Tells You How Many Followers Are Fake — Including on Celebrity Accounts

PopSugar: This Instagram Tool Tells You How Many Followers Are Fake — Including on Celebrity Accounts. “Have you ever wondered how many of your Instagram followers are fake? Or been curious about just how many real people actually follow your favorite celebrities? Instagram definitely has a fake account problem, with a whole army of bots, blank accounts, and sockpuppet accounts that are used to inflate accounts’ followings, often for a fee. But if you’ve ever wanted to cut through the noise and find out how many followers on any public account are real and how many are fake, this IG Audit tool is the answer!”