Facebook launches Instagram Lite in 170 countries with low internet access

Facebook said on Wednesday it was launching a “lite” version of Instagram in 170 countries that will enable people with poor internet to access the photo and video sharing social networking service. Instagram Lite will be available for Android-based phones and require less bandwidth than the traditional version. The app itself requires just 2 megabytes… Read More Facebook launches Instagram Lite in 170 countries with low internet access

Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as weeks of mass demonstrations continue in the Southeast Asian country after the military seized power. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” Facebook said in… Read More Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Russian lawmakers pass laws bordering on websites and local media

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to pass legislation allowing authorities to block or restrict websites like YouTube if they “discriminate” against Russian media on their sites. The authors of the legislation cited complaints from Russian media outlets RT and the RIA news agency about what they described as the “censorship” of their… Read More Russian lawmakers pass laws bordering on websites and local media

Facebook set to test new version of Instagram Lite app in India

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is testing a new, less data-intensive version of its photo and video sharing app Instagram in India, a key growth market for the U.S. social media giant. The app, Instagram Lite, is less that 2MB in size, which will help it run smoothly on low-memory smartphones and broaden its… Read More Facebook set to test new version of Instagram Lite app in India

U.S. FTC, states file lawsuit against Facebook over violation of antitrust law

Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state filed lawsuits against the social media company, saying it used a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay. With the filing of the twin… Read More U.S. FTC, states file lawsuit against Facebook over violation of antitrust law

Twitter, Facebook disable President Trump’s video tribute to George Floyd due to copyright complaints

Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Instagram disabled President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on their platforms on Friday, citing copyright complaints. The clip, which shows photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of the death of Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota, has Trump speaking… Read More Twitter, Facebook disable President Trump’s video tribute to George Floyd due to copyright complaints

Instagram introduces shopping feature on app for U.S. users

Facebook Inc’s Instagram is trialing a feature that lets U.S. users shop from the photo-sharing app by using a checkout option on items tagged for sale, the company said on Tuesday. The move is in line with Facebook’s plan to monetize higher-growth units like Instagram, as its centerpiece News Feed product struggles to generate fresh… Read More Instagram introduces shopping feature on app for U.S. users

Facebook, Instagram regains service following 24-hour global outage

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had restored service to its main app and Instagram, after the world’s largest social network suffered a major outage that frustrated users across the globe for about 24 hours. The company also said it was considering whether to refund advertisers for lost exposure due to the problems, which internet… Read More Facebook, Instagram regains service following 24-hour global outage