State AGs To Probe Instagram’s Effects On Children

A bipartisan group of at least 10 state attorneys general is investigating how Instagram may harm children and teens. The group, which includes AGs from California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont, will investigate the methods used by Instagram to attract and encourage engagement among young people, and whether parent company Meta — née Facebook —has violated consumer protection laws and put the public at risk.

MRC Accredits IAS For Facebook, Instagram Measurement

Integral Ad Science (IAS) this morning announced it has been accredited by the Media Rating Council for impression and viewability measurement and reporting of display and video ads across Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook CTO Apologizes For Outage


Security experts tracking the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outages say they could have been triggered by a configuration error or could be the result of an internal mistake. An outside hack is viewed as less likely.


Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Suffer Worldwide Outage

Facebook said late Monday that “the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change” and that there is “no evidence that user data was compromised as a result” of the outage. The company apologized and said it is working to understand more about the cause, which began around 11:40 a.m. ET Monday.

Facebook Delays Instagram App For Users 13 And Younger

What Social Media Needs To Learn From Traditional Media

Government regulation will never fix everything wrong with online discourse. The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did.

Pew: Sizable Portion Of U.S. Use Social Media For News

The survey found that “a sizable portion” of U.S. adults (48%) say they get news “sometimes” or “often” from social media sites.

How To Optimize Your Videos On Instagram Reels

Instagram Pivots To Full-Screen Video Push To Take On TikTok, YouTube

In a bid to go head-on against TikTok and YouTube, Facebook’s Instagram will soon begin showing full-screen recommended videos in users’ feeds. “We’re no longer a photo-sharing app or a square photo-sharing app,” declared Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram (above), in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

Facebook Begins Testing Ads In Instagram Reels

Users Could Soon Hide ‘Like’ Counts On Instagram, Facebook

The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an insidious way of measuring self worth and popularity. Now Facebook says it’s going to test out — again — an option for users to hide those “like” counts to see if […]


TVN Focus On Digital | Facebook Remains TV Stations’ Most Important Social Platform

Facebook overwhelmingly is the most important social media platform for TV stations, say executives for CBS stations, E.W. Scripps, Nexstar, NBCU stations, Fox stations and Meredith. Broadcasters’ relationship with the platform once widely viewed as a “frenemy” continues to evolve, though the opacity of its all-important algorithm still frustrates. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Tips For Your Instagram Stories And Facebook Live Posts

How The Washington Post’s New Instagram Editor Will Try To Boost Its Subscription Business

Instagram Cautiously Considers Paying Publishers

Instagram is mulling plans to pay publishers on its platform as it grows as a news and information source for users, sources tell Axios. The app has brokered some select partnerships with publishers in one-off cases where content is paid for.

Hubbard Files Trademark Suit Against Instagram

Hubbard Broadcasting has sued Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, accusing the social media giants of trademark infringement and unfair competition that could lead to “irreparable harm” unless the court stops them. The suit claims that Instagram’s new video file-sharing service, Reels, infringes on and dilutes the trademark of Hubbard’s long-established REELZ digital cable and satellite TV network, which reaches more than 50 million U.S. homes.

With TikTok Mired In Uncertainty, Facebook Pounces With Instagram Reels

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, rolled out a new product to compete with TikTok that lets people create 15-second videos and share them.

Unilever Pulls Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Ads

Escalating a battle between Madison Avenue and the social media industry, Unilever is suspending all U.S. advertising on Twitter, as well as Facebook Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram, for the rest of the year. “Given our responsibility framework and the polarized atmosphere in the U.S., we have decided that starting now through at least the end of the year, we will not run brand advertising in social-media newsfeed platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the U.S.,” the consumer goods giant stated.

More Brands Join Facebook Boycott

Though July is typically a busy season for Ben & Jerry’s and Eddie Bauer, consumers won’t find the brands on Facebook that month. On Tuesday, both companies said they were joining the boycott against Facebook and Instagram, voicing their support for the “Stop the Hate for Profit” campaign.

Instagram Targets More Funding, Ad Rev-Sharing

The Facebook-owned company is in talks with video producers to pay more for videos on its IGTV app, though no formal funding program is in place. The conversations come as it tests ways for video makers to make more money from IGTV, including an advertising product and revenue-sharing program similar to those available on other social media platforms.

Can QVC Compete With Instagram, YouTube?

Selling items through television instead of inside a mall was radical when West Chester, Pa.-based QVC started doing it in 1986, but now television is declining. Online is now the place for sales, and QVC faces a crowded field.

Instagram To Allow Sharing With Fewer Folks

Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks. Called Close Friends, the new feature lets users share Stories — photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours — with people they put on a special list. The idea is people may feel more comfortable sharing some things with just close friends, rather than all followers.

Instagram Back Up After Worldwide Outage

Facebook Exec Mosseri New Head Of Instagram

The appointment comes after the photo-sharing app’s co-founders resigned last week without giving a clear reason. Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO, and Mike Krieger, its other co-founder, announced Adam Mosseri’s appointment Monday on the company blog.

LMA Creates Local News Resource Center

The move by the Local Media Association is in partnership with Facebook, Instagram and CrowdTangle.

Instagram Co-Founders Resign

Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.”

What News Orgs Should Know About Instagram

NBC News Expanding ‘Stay Tuned’ To Instagram

Stay Tuned – which NBC launched in July 2017 – seems to be proving successful for NBC News in reaching younger news consumers because the network is expanding the daily news show for Snapchat to Instagram and YouTube. The show will air twice daily on Instagram Stories shortly after they post to Snapchat.

Nielsen Adds Instagram To Social Ratings

Nielsen says it is now measuring Instagram as part of its Social Content Ratings, which also gauge Facebook and Twitter. While programmers and advertisers alike still grouse about Nielsen numbers, the company has been working in recent years to address those concerns. One of its responses was the set of social ratings, which launched in 2016 as a way to track both organic and owned activity across social networks.

News On Social Beyond Facebook, Twitter

Although most people do not go to Facebook intentionally seeking their news, it’s inevitable that the average user will stumble upon an article. Whether it’s credible or fake, that’s another story. So the value of news stations and journalists using Facebook to reach viewers is obviously invaluable. But what about other non-newsy social media? Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest should not be ignored.


Facebook News Road Show Sets Denver, Chicago

Social Tip: Use Instagram For Real News

Steve Safran: If your station is using its Instagram feed just for behind-the-scenes goofing around, you’re missing an opportunity because TV photogs and reporters have a great eye for telling stories through pictures. But we are demeaning the importance of pictures when we use a picture-driven social media like Instagram for strictly non-news purposes. And we’re missing a valuable opportunity — to show we’re serious about the news.

ComScore Debuts Facebook Demo Metrics

Beginning next month, its vCE suite will include measurement of both display and video ads that run on desktop and mobile platforms on Facebook, Instagram and the Facebook Audience Network.


WRC Leads DC On Instagram, Twitter

The Twitter and Instagram accounts for NBC-owned WRC led the Washington market with a 29 share as a group, followed by Fox-owned WTTG with a 28.7 share and Tegna-owned WUSA with a 28.5 share, according to data from Share Rocket.

Instagram Blurs Possibly Offensive Content

Just as YouTube is feeling the heat from advertisers, Instagram is looking to make its feed more family-friendly: The Facebook-owned photo sharing service announced Thursday that it is starting to blur out photos that it has found to be “sensitive.”

How Social Media Is Pursuing Advertisers

Bristling over pushback on Facebook’s messed-up metrics and fraud, companies from Snapchat to Twitter are reaching out to assuage doubts. Here’s what five are doing.

Instagram Stories Could Challenge Snapchat

With last week’s launch of Instagram Stories, there’s no question who Facebook’s trying to put out of business. It’s not the first time it’s taken aim at Snapchat, but it’s definitely the one that will have the heaviest impact.

Snapchat, Instagram Launch TV-Style Shows

Instagram’s  28-episode scripted series, Shield 5, is scheduled to play out over the next few weeks, with one 15-second episode per day posted to the show’s dedicated Instagram account. Last week, in time for the Iowa caucus voting, Snapchat released its first original show, Good Luck America, hosted by former CNN reporter Peter Hamby.

Nielsen To Expand Its Social Media Coverage

When Nielsen launched its Twitter TV Ratings in the fall of 2013, it hoped to measure a great deal of the conversation about TV shows taking place in the social-media sphere. Now the company will have to contend with a lot more chatter. The company will expand its work to Facebook, and, at a later date, Instagram, and will measure aggregate-level conversation related to TV shows taking place in posts shared with friends and family, with followers and with the public at large.

Instagram To Expand Advertising

Facebook will turn on the money pipeline on its photo-sharing service Instagram, opening the platform to all advertisers.Marketers will be able to target users by interest, age and gender among other factors. Instagram has largely been free of advertising to this point.