Instagram has been making it rules firm for third-party apps for quite some time, and now it is placing more of that power in users’ hands. It is including more powerful features over data sharing that allow users quickly close down a nasty app. There is a new authorization display that explains what a 3rd-party app needs, and new privacy features allows you swiftly revoke access to applications you do not trust or use.
The new features will take a while to launch—they will reach users within the coming few months.
This is debatably a reaction to tighter scrutiny of behavior on Instagram. While most of privacy issues by Facebook have revolved around its basic service, Instagram has had issues with data abuse from 3rd-party apps and overreaching advertisers. These enhanced actions will not essentially assist Instagram avoid one more privacy debacle, but they might remind you to be careful and get rid of old apps that may be scooping up more data than you would like to offer.
On a related note, ever since its launch in 2016, the feature of Instagram Stories has had a very similar feel and look versus that of Snapchat’s. This week Adam Mosseri (Instagram chief) declared that it is launching out an upgraded camera with simpler to browse filters and effects that are simpler to sort through—it seems that they still have power left after adding Dark Mode and suspending the “Following” feed. It still seems a lot similar to Snapchat, even though perhaps you will find it more exclusive as compared to others did.
There are other new functions as well, such as a “Create” mode where you can use the interactive stickers without taking a pic first, and you can even employ a GIF for your next Story post as the background.