Ars Technica: Coroner lists Instagram algorithm as contributing cause of UK teen’s death [Updated]

Ars Technica: Coroner lists Instagram algorithm as contributing cause of UK teen’s death [Updated]. “In a London court this week, coroner Andrew Walker had the difficult task of assessing a question that child safety advocates have been asking for years: How responsible is social media for the content algorithms feed to minors? The case before Walker involved a 14-year-old named Molly Russell, who took her life in 2017 after she viewed thousands of posts on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest promoting self-harm.”

Business Insider: TikTok copies Instagram’s move to copy buzzy app BeReal

Business Insider: TikTok copies Instagram’s move to copy buzzy app BeReal. “TikTok is launching a new tool that people quickly noticed is incredibly similar to another popular app: BeReal. The social media platform announced on Thursday TikTok Now, a tool where users receive a daily prompt to film a 10-second video or take a photo to share what they’re doing in the moment from the front and back cameras on their phone.”

Wall Street Journal: Instagram Stumbles in Push to Mimic TikTok, Internal Documents Show

Wall Street Journal: Instagram Stumbles in Push to Mimic TikTok, Internal Documents Show. “The document, titled ‘Creators x Reels State of the Union 2022,’ was published internally in August. It said that Reels engagement had been falling—down 13.6% over the previous four weeks—and that ‘most Reels users have no engagement whatsoever.’ One reason is that Instagram has struggled to recruit people to make content. Roughly 11 million creators are on the platform in the U.S., but only about 2.3 million of them, or 20.7%, post on that platform each month, the document said.”

International Business Times: Irish Data Watchdog Fines Instagram 405 Mn Euros Over Children

International Business Times: Irish Data Watchdog Fines Instagram 405 Mn Euros Over Children. “Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on Monday said it had fined Instagram a record 405 million euros ($402 million) for breaching regulations on the handling of children’s data…. The DPC launched an investigation in late 2020 into concerns about how the image-sharing social media platform handles children’s personal data.”

ProPublica: Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme

ProPublica: Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme. “A jeweler. A plastic surgeon. An OnlyFans Model. They and others received a blue check in likely the biggest Instagram verification scheme revealed to date. After ProPublica started asking questions, Meta removed badges from over 300 accounts.”

CNN: They built their businesses on Instagram. Then the platform changed

CNN: They built their businesses on Instagram. Then the platform changed. “As Instagram increasingly prioritizes videos and recommended posts in users’ feeds in an effort to keep pace with rival TikTok, some small businesses that were built on the platform are having a harder time reaching their followers and facing declining engagement, and say they’re worried about the future of their businesses.”

Opinion: Instagram is a cult by every measure. Here’s why you’re not going anywhere. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Union-Tribune: Opinion: Instagram is a cult by every measure. Here’s why you’re not going anywhere.. “I’ve personally been on Instagram for about 11 years — starting at the age of 13 — and I now have a career that requires me to run numerous social media accounts. I’m somebody who’s unhappy with their weekly screen time, my tendency to ‘doom scroll’ and the way social media impacts my self-perception. I know my life would be better if I deleted it, but I don’t. And I won’t.”

Washington Post: Facebook wants to be more like TikTok. That’s a bad idea.

Washington Post: Facebook wants to be more like TikTok. That’s a bad idea.. “The thing about network effects is that they work both ways. When your network is growing, it keeps getting steadily more valuable. But if it starts to shrink, each departing user makes the service slightly less attractive to those who remain. This is why Facebook has been so aggressive (too aggressive, the trustbusters murmur) about acquiring potential competitors and adding features that are popular on other apps. It needs to protect that nice, wide moat — which is frankly looking a bit stagnant.”

Exclusive: Meta to study race of Instagram users (Axios)

Axios: Exclusive: Meta to study race of Instagram users. “The company says it wants to make sure that its products and AI systems operate fairly across racial lines, but feels it can’t do that without better knowing its customers. By working with a third party it aims to both protect privacy and ensure customers are more comfortable sharing their information.”

WIRED: Instagram Slow to Tackle Bots Targeting Iranian Women’s Groups

WIRED: Instagram Slow to Tackle Bots Targeting Iranian Women’s Groups. “IRANIAN WOMEN’S RIGHTS groups have for months faced a deluge of bots following their Instagram accounts and disrupting their digital outreach operations. Activists say that while they have repeatedly asked Meta, Instagram’s parent company, to stymie the flood of junk followers, more keep coming, totaling in the millions across dozens of organizations operating in Iran and elsewhere around the world.”

WIRED: How to Avoid the Worst Instagram Scams

WIRED: How to Avoid the Worst Instagram Scams . “SINCE MARK ZUCKERBERG snapped up Instagram for a mere $1 billion in April 2012, the app has grown into a social media juggernaut and one of Meta’s biggest assets. More than a billion people use Instagram every month, with influencers relying on it as a key source of their income. Any online congregation of this size is naturally a target for hackers and scammers looking to take advantage of people and make a quick buck.”

Engadget: Meta sues a site cloner who allegedly scraped over 350,000 Instagram profiles

Engadget: Meta sues a site cloner who allegedly scraped over 350,000 Instagram profiles. “Meta is taking legal action against two prolific data scrapers. On Tuesday, the company filed separate federal lawsuits against a company called Octopus and an individual named Ekrem Ateş. According to Meta, the former is the US subsidiary of a Chinese multinational tech firm that offers data scraping-for-hire services to individuals and companies.”

Flinders University: Instagram pressure rising

Flinders University: Instagram pressure rising. “Flinders University body image experts are urging all Instagram users to apply a more conscious ‘filter’ to monitor their health and fitness posts. The researchers say people who follow in the footsteps of high-profile social media influencers and upload regular #fitspo and #cleaneating Instagram posts may be placing increased pressure on girls and women, as the posts may exacerbate bad feelings about themselves and their bodies.”

Rest of World: Diaspora communities reframe history, one Instagram post at a time

Rest of World: Diaspora communities reframe history, one Instagram post at a time. “Marwan Kaabour has always been a collector. The London-based designer traces the hobby back to his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon. ‘Perhaps the most serious collection was an insanely well-organized collection of Spice Girls merchandise,’ he remembers with a laugh. Today, Kaabour is collecting photographs, video clips, and other rare visual media on the Instagram account Takweer, a digital archive with 16,000 followers that maps the intersections of queerness and Arab history.