Instagram should soon launch a tool for the user to download a copy of their data. The announcement was made by an official company spokesman to the TechCrunch website, which published a reprint about the absence of a feature similar to Facebook's "Download a copy" on the social network.
The company representative did not set a date, but stated that the launch will be made "very soon". The expectation is that this will occur before May 25, the deadline established for compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) privacy law, which requires that apps and other online services offer data portability to their users.
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According to the American portal, the spokesman said that the feature would allow the user to download and export a copy of what he shared on Instagram, including photos, videos and messages. It was not specified if this copy would include data such as lists of followers and following, likes, comments, Stories and the captions shared with the posts.
It was also not explained whether the images will be exported in original quality or compressed. If there is no loss in the resolution of photos and videos during the download, the tool may cause unofficial export apps, such as InstaPort, to become obsolete. This is a positive point for the user, as many of these developers use login content and credentials inappropriately.
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The portability system can also facilitate Instagram's exit to competing social networks, which is why the company is expected to restrict some data. Apparently, behind all this movement is the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which exposed a series of data security problems on Facebook and led Mark Zuckerberg to testify in the US Senate last Tuesday (10). Remember that Instagram has belonged to Facebook since 2012.