Is Facebook or Instagram not loading on this Wednesday afternoon? You aren’t alone. There have been outage reports for Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, across social media networks worldwide. Many decided to post on Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown to make it a trending topic in the U.S. According to website monitoring service Down Detector, company is experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe as well as less reports from South America and Asia. Read more for a video about Facebook’s privacy plans and for additional information about this outage.
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JetBlue is offering a chance to win free flights as part of its “All You Can Jet” sweepstakes, but to even have a shot at winning, you’ll have to temporarily delete your Instagram photos. The company says that “with a blank social slate, participants are able to make room for all the destinations and activities they could capture and share using the pass.” To enter the contest, simply create a customized image on Jet Blue’s website by filling in the blank for “All You Can ____” and picking an image to illustrate a place, activity or person you’d like to visit if you win. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today the plans to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services as well as incorporate end-to-end encryption to these apps. The three services will remain as stand alone apps, and is still in the early stages of the work in hopes to complete it by the end of this year or in early 2020. Read more for a video and additional information.
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This isn’t the first time someone has digitally inserted themselves into celebrity photos, but “KirbyJenner” is the latest to do so, and is making waves by appearing in Kendall Jenner’s Instagram photos. “Kendall and I had to do science fair projects in 4th grade. Hers was called “How Flowers Bloom” and mine was called ‘Deadly Killer Bumblebees: When Will They Strike Next?” Kendall got an ‘A’ but I got a ‘D-’ because my data was pretty inconclusive and also made up. Anyways, that’s what this photo is supposed to symbolize. I think it’s art,” said Kirby about the photo above. Read more for some of his most popular images.
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Yes, believe it or not, a stock photo of an egg has become the most user liked Instagram post ever, surpassing 35-million likes at the type of writing. “I was sitting at home reading an article online about the top 20 Instagram posts of 2018. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try and beat the record with something as basic as possible. Which led to me deciding on the egg. I guess it’s also a comment on celebrity culture and how fragile and easily cracked it is (pun intended),” said the account owner to Penn Live. Read more to see how celebrity Kylie Jenner responded to this after it broke her record for most liked post.
Instagram made its users quite frustrated with an unexpected update that made its timeline feed scroll from left to right, instead of the traditional vertical format. Apparently, the head of Instagram announced that the change was meant to be a small-scale test, but a backend mistake caused it to roll out to a large number of users. “That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. Should be fixed now. If you’re still seeing it simply restart the app. Happy holidays!” said Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Photographer Ashley Evans started the “Babies with Teeth”, or infants with grown-up teeth ‘Photoshopped’ into their mouths, after playing around with an app called YouApp. Photoshop was required to edit some of the babies, while the rest were touched up directly in the app. “I had an app and wanted to see what my son looked like with teeth. It was hilarious so I did it to my daughter. I then posted in a Facebook group and it just blew up from there,” Evans told PetaPixel. Read more for some of the most popular images from the series.