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Instagram bans memes about suicide and deletes app that mimics the “Following” tab [atualizado]

Recently, the Instagram started (and completed) some changes to your platform to make it not only safer, but also ensure maximum user interaction, encouraging even those who don't have an account to create it.

As expected, the service also removed the ?Following? tab from the app, causing some developers to create options to ?mimic? the feature but Instagram didn't make it cheap, as we'll see next.

Login to see photos

Who did not have an Instagram account and liked to access the web version to see the public profile photos now have to find another method (read: create an account) to view the images on the service. This is because there is now a ?limit? for viewing images without being logged in to an account.

Prior to the upgrade, implemented in recent weeks, anyone could browse public profiles on Instagram through a browser without necessarily having a profile. Now, after going through the first 12 posts, Instagram will force a login you can't cancel (just by restarting the page).

Instagram web login

A Facebook spokesman confirmed the change:

Now, if you are not logged in to Instagram, you will only be able to see a certain amount of posts on public profiles before being prompted to log in. This is to help people see photos on Instagram and understand how to get the best Instagram experience, be part of the community, connect and interact with people and the things they love.

As Instagram expands to over 1 billion users, tactics like this can help the service maintain its growth even in advertising. In this sense, Facebook is trying to double the amount of ads in the app in order to keep the platform as the main source of revenue for the company.

Ban on even more posts about suicide

The social network has also expanded its ban on suicide-related publications to include a wider range of content that can represent this, such as self-mutilation illustrations, drawings, and even memes (such as making a meme on this issue was no longer wrong. enough).

Over the past month, we have further expanded our policies to ban more types of self-mutilation and suicide content. We will no longer allow fictional representations of self-harm or suicide on Instagram, such as drawings, memos, or movie or comic book content that use graphic images. We will also remove other images that may not show self-harm or suicide, but include associated materials or methods.

In a post about policy change, the Instagram cheer, Adam Mosseri, explained that the new filters are "based on expert advice from academic and mental health organizations", and stated that the platform's goal is to find "the difficult balance between allowing people to share their mental health experiences and also protecting others. exposed to potentially harmful content. ?

Removing apps that mimicked the ?Following? tab

As mentioned above, in early October Instagram removed the controversial ?Following? tab, which allowed users to view the activity of the people they followed, including likes, comments, new followers, etc.

However, once the feature was officially removed, some third-party apps to replicate the feature began to gain popularity, including the Like Patrol app, which had been launched even before the change last June.

Essentially, the app allowed you to view the likes, comments, and new followers of other users. allowedin the past because Instagram knocked over the app as reported by CNET (however, for some reason it is still listed on the App Store).

The (data) copy violates our policies and we take action against the companies we think are involved in it. As Patrol was copying user data, we are taking the necessary action against them.

While for some people the ?Following? tab was just an additional option for Instagram, for others it was seen as fuel for ?stalking? on the social network, which is why Facebook decided to permanently remove it.

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via Mashable, TechCrunch, 9to5Mac

Update by Rafael Fischmann 11/11/2019 s 15:00

It took, but now the Like Patrol has been properly removed from the App Store. According to Apple, it "violated some of its rules."

Of course, app developers may still be able to challenge the attitudes of both Facebook and Apple. But I will hardly do that.

via CNET