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The social network has also taken advantage of the past few weeks to launch functions that enrich the app, which has gained a new camera and a night mode for mobile phones. However, some news did not please, such as the end of the Following tab and the new Threads app. See below for all the highlights of Instagram in the past month.

Check out Instagram news for October Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / dnetcCheck out Instagram news for October Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / dnetc

Check out Instagram news for October Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / dnetc

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1. Ok sign banned for symbolizing hate

In the second week of the month, Instagram took a drastic action to curb the spread of a new audio symbol on the network: the ok hand emoji was banned completely from the platform. The move comes after the image has been linked to white supremacy movements classified as inappropriate by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the United States organization responsible for monitoring hate crimes. Community-posted posts containing the emoji may result in deletion of the content and banning the user from the social network.

'OK' emoji enters audio symbol list Photo: Publicity / Emojipedia'OK' emoji enters audio symbol list Photo: Publicity / Emojipedia

'OK' emoji enters audio symbol list Photo: Publicity / Emojipedia

2. Sexually Connected Emojis

In late October, the social network also included in the inappropriate content list some emojis that are commonly used with sexual connotation. The goal is to reduce the spread of posts containing implicit or indirect proposals for sexual solicitation among users and is due to a new policy of Facebook, owner of Instagram. Banana, eggplant and other emojis that are not necessarily sexual may be removed from the account if the context suggests requesting sex on the web.

Banana and eggplant emoji and others with sexual connotation can lead to the ban of the user Photo: Reproduction / EmojipediaBanana and eggplant emoji and others with sexual connotation can lead to the ban of the user Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia

Banana and eggplant emoji and others with sexual connotation can lead to the ban of the user Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia

3. Threads: New Snapchat Clone

October was the month Instagram won the sister app Threads, which seems to be heavily inspired by rival Snapchat. Aimed at private conversations, the app is intended as a user communication channel only with people on the best friends list. In addition to chat with text, photo and video functions, the app has the Status feature to regularly inform friends about their whereabouts. The bet, however, had a poor initial result: according to app monitors, only 0.1% of Instagram's estimated total users downloaded the new app within the first week.

Threads for Instagram messaging app to complement photo social network Photo: Pedro Vital / dnetcThreads for Instagram messaging app to complement photo social network Photo: Pedro Vital / dnetc

Threads for Instagram messaging app to complement photo social network Photo: Pedro Vital / dnetc

4. Restrict function for annoying users

Instagram debuted at the beginning of the month the Restrict function, a new way to limit a bothersome follower's communications without having to block them. A restricted profile can still see posts from Feed and Stories, but your comments go for approval and private messages always fall into the request box. The user does not know whether or not their interactions are being viewed. According to Instagram, the measure aims to combat social bullying and prevent online conflicts.

Restrict Restricting on Instagram inhibits social bullying Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / dnetcRestrict Restricting on Instagram inhibits social bullying Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / dnetc

Restrict Restricting on Instagram inhibits social bullying Photo: Ana Letcia Loubak / dnetc

Instagram confirmed last month the end of the Following tab and generated questions from users. According to the social network, the decision is due to the fact that few people used the resource and many of them did not even know that the tab existed. The function showed a list of profile activities followed by the user, including likes and new accounts followed by these people. With the change, the menu accessed by the heart icon button in the app now only shows updates from the profile itself, named "Activity".

Above, tab "following"; below, replaced by "activity" Photo: Reproduction / dnetcAbove, tab "following"; below, replaced by "activity" Photo: Reproduction / dnetc

Above, tab "following"; below, replaced by "activity" Photo: Reproduction / dnetc

6. Dark mode on iPhone and Android

IPhone and Android users gained access to Instagram's Dark Mode in October. The news came first in the beta version for phones with the Google system, but was soon released in the stable version for both systems. Apple users need iOS 13 to access the news, while Android owners need version 10 or 9 (Pie), depending on their smartphone model, to change the look of the app. The feature changes the colors of the application and turns everything black with white letters, features that help save the user's eyesight and conserve battery power.

Instagram Night Mode: How to leave the app with dark background

Instagram Night Mode: How to leave the app with dark background

7. New Camera and Create Mode for Stories

Instagram has released a redesigned, redesigned camera for Android and iPhone. The new feature is the new Create mode, which reveals the creative functions GIFs, Countdown, Test, Poll and Questions, previously accessed on stickers, besides This Day, a feature dedicated to fans of the hashtag #tbt in the profile side menu. . The feature's redesigned layout also speeds filter access by displaying side-by-side masks and effects, which look very similar to Snapchat. Part of the news was in testing since April, but with a carousel layout.

Instagram revamped Stories camera with Create Photo feature: Paulo Alves / dnetcInstagram revamped Stories camera with Create Photo feature: Paulo Alves / dnetc

Instagram revamped Stories camera with Create Photo feature: Paulo Alves / dnetc

8. Banned aesthetic and plastic surgery filters

In addition to some types of emoji, Instagram began to ban, in October, the use of filters that simulate plastic surgery and other aesthetic procedures on the social network. The measure is aimed at masks created and published by users themselves on the Spark AR platform, who said they are re-evaluating current welfare policies and want the filters to provide a positive experience. The goal is that this type of filter does not impact users' self-esteem.

Fix Me filter, which inserts pre-operative marks on users' faces, one of the banned Instagram Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetcFix Me filter, which inserts pre-operative marks on users' faces, one of the banned Instagram Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

Fix Me filter, which inserts pre-operative marks on users' faces, one of the banned Instagram Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

9. Login Required to View Photos by Browser

In the last month, Instagram required active login to view photos of other profiles in the web version. With the change, a user without login to the social network can only see the profile picture and some basic information from other accounts to view photos and videos, must be registered on the platform and authenticate. The login request, however, appears only after the user scrolls through the visited profile feed. The initiative is a way to prevent the action of eavesdroppers, popularly known by the term stalkers.

Instagram prevents profile viewing without an account being logged in on mobile Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetcInstagram prevents profile viewing without an account being logged in on mobile Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

Instagram prevents profile viewing without an account being logged in on mobile Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

10. Countdown Sticker for sales

The social network has started testing in recent days a new business account sticker that creates a countdown to an upcoming product. The sticker lets you set a release date and add a description to compose a Stories post. Users viewing the publication have the option to tap the window and set a warning for when the product will begin shipping.

New sticker lets you create a product launch on Instagram Photo: Divulgao / InstagramNew sticker lets you create a product launch on Instagram Photo: Divulgao / Instagram

New sticker lets you create a product launch on Instagram Photo: Divulgao / Instagram

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