Instagram has some new roll-out features:

  1. “Your activity” tab that allows users to see and manage their activity on the app.  The new tab allows users to bulk delete their content and interactions. This includes posts, stories, reels, comments, likes, story sticker reactions and more. Users will also be able to sort and filter their content and interactions by date and search for past comments, likes and stories replies from specific date ranges, all within the new display. To access the new tab, you need to go to your profile and tap the menu in the upper right corner and then select “Your activity.”
  2. While currently any interactions through Instagram Stories are sent by direct messages to the user’s inbox, the new likes system will work independently. The new interface will show a heart icon when you’re viewing Stories in the Instagram app. Once you tap it, the other person will get a regular notification, not a private message. Instagram’s head says the system is built to be “private” and will not provide counting of likes.
  3. Security Checkup guides people through the steps needed to secure their account including: checking login activity, reviewing profile information, confirming the accounts that share login information and updating account recovery contact information such as a phone number or email address. To complete Security Checkup, go to your Profile and tap the menu in the upper right corner, next tap “Settings”, “Security” then tap “Security Checkup.

Facebook is rebranding the news feed! Meta is changing the name of Facebook’s News Feed, the primary part of the service that users scroll through to see what their friends and family have shared. Going forward, it’ll just be called the “Feed”  It is of importance to noted regulators have been looking into how big tech companies algorithmically rank content in their feeds. For its part, Meta has said it’s working on reducing the amount of political content that shows up on people’s homepages — its own research suggested that the News Feed’s algorithm could push even politicians to take more extreme positions.