Facebook sues Turkish software developer who ran 20+ Instagram clone sites


Social media giant Facebook filed a civil lawsuit today against a Turkish national for operating a network of at least 20 Instagram clones.

According to court documents obtained by ZDNet, Facebook claims that defendant Ensar Sahinturk, a software developer based in Istanbul, used automation software running from thousands of Instagram accounts to scrape data from more than 100,000 Instagram profiles, which he later republished on his own sites.

Described as “Instagram viewers,” Sahinturk operated at least 20 clone sites where he listed Instagram photos and made a profit by showing his own ads.

Domains operated by Sahinturk included jolygram.com, imggram.com, imggram.net, finalgram.com, pikdo.net, and ingram.ws, according to court filings.

The earliest domains were created in August 2017, and many of the sites are still active today.

Facebook said it tried to avoid litigation by sending multiple cease & desist letters to Sahinturk in early 2019, but to no avail.

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Jack Black Dancing to ‘WAP’ on Instagram Brings the Internet Joy

Every once in a while an internet video comes around and sparks joy among everyone who sees it. This week that video has come courtesy of Jack Black.

The energetic actor is known for his explosive displays of singing and dancing in his movies but now the School of Rock star is taking his moves to social media.

The now-iconic “WAP” dance took the world by storm this summer as the Cardi B and Megan Tee Stallion anthem intrigued and appalled in equal measure.

In a crossover no one expected, Black took on the “WAP” dance challenge from TikTok and the results are joyful.

In a video posted to Instagram, the Tenacious D singer worked the raunchy dance moves in a pair of speedos while being sprayed with water from a hose.

The 51-year-old mastered the kicks, squats, windmills, humping and other sexy moves whilst being doused with water.


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Instagram Pauses ‘Recent’ Search Listings on U.S. Site to Stop Fake Election News | Technology News

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Instagram said on Thursday it was making changes to its image sharing platform for U.S. users to prevent the spread of misinformation around the Nov. 3 presidential election.

For users in the United States, Instagram will temporarily remove the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages starting Thursday, it said in a statement on Twitter.

“We’re doing this to reduce the real-time spread of potentially harmful content that could pop up around the election,” the statement added.

Instagram’s “Recent” tab arranges hashtags in chronological order and amplifies content. Researchers have cautioned that automated amplification can lead to the rapid spread of misinformation on the platform.

The development comes as social media companies face increasing pressure to combat election-related misinformation and prepare for the possibility of violence or poll place intimidation around the Nov. 3 vote.

Earlier this month, Twitter Inc

said it will remove tweets calling for people

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Plus-size model who influenced Instagram to change policy speaks out

Nyome Nicholas-Williams influenced a policy change at Instagram after one of her photos was removed and flagged as a violation. (Photo: Instagram)
Nyome Nicholas-Williams influenced a policy change at Instagram when one of her photos was removed and flagged as a violation. (Photo: Instagram)

Instagram is changing its policy in response to a viral campaign started after a photo of a topless Black plus-size model was removed from the platform and said to be a violation of community guidelines. But in the wake of the announcement that the platform is changing its rules around the identification of breast squeezing in particular — something that Instagram representatives say is most commonly associated with pornographic content — the woman who led the charge, Nyome Nicholas-Williams, explains that it might not be enough.

The British model, who has posed for Vogue Italia and Dove, posted a photo of herself embracing her chest on Instagram back in July, when she was met with praise from her followers. Moments after posting, however, the photo was removed with

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How much money TikTok, Instagram influencer makes with affiliate links

  • Vi Lai was working full time as a realtor, but that changed when the pandemic upended her career in March.
  • Now, Lai is earning money as a skincare influencer on TikTok and Instagram, where she has hundreds of thousands of followers and posts content about skincare routines and product reviews. 
  • “I would not have survived” without TikTok, Lai said.
  • The skincare industry has seen a surge in social-media content and engagement since the start of the pandemic, as more people spend time at home and spend money on self-care.
  • Lai spoke with Business Insider about how she’s been able to earn over $5,000 per month using affiliate codes and how she’s navigated brand sponsorships. 
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29-year-old Vi Lai was working full time as a realtor in Boston until the pandemic upended her career in March.

“I’m a realtor, I need to socialize for

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Instagram changes nudity policy after plus-size Black model’s campaign

  • Instagram has amended its rules around nudity following a campaign from a Black plus-sized model whose photos were taken down.
  • Nyome Nicholas-Williams started campaigning in August — she pointed out that her images were taken down but images of “very naked, skinny white women” remained on Instagram.
  • Instagram said Monday it had incorrectly applied its rules on “breast squeezing” to Nicholas-Williams’ images, and said it was adding some more nuance to those rules.
  • Instagram and Facebook will now allow any images where someone is “simply hugging, cupping or holding their breasts.”
  • It will still ban photos where people are grasping their breasts “in a grabbing motion with bent fingers or if there is a clear change in the shape of the breasts.”
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Instagram has added some nuance to its rules around what constitutes nudity, after being campaigned for three months by a model

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Blake Lively’s Bare-Feet Instagram Pic Has the Entire Internet Puzzled

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds posted an Instagram about voting on Thursday, October 22. But it’s not their message that has the internet talking; it’s Lively’s choice of footwear—or should I say lack thereof. 

“It was Ryan’s first time [voting],” Lively captioned the below Instagram, trolling her hubby like she always does. “He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friend. #voteearly.” 

In the pic Lively is wearing a gray plaid coat, pink pants, and what appears to be a pair of high heels. But they’re not actual shoes. Nope! It appears Lively used her iPhone to literally draw a pair of shoes on her bare feet. The reason for this is unknown. 

But Reynolds’s Instagram, which includes Lively’s bare feet sans drawn-on shoes, proves it:

Lively is seemingly in on her own joke. Is

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Instagram expands ‘Badges’ tipping feature for livestreams: details

  • Instagram is ramping up its test of a feature that lets people tip influencers during livestreams on the app, which it thinks will be especially popular among emerging creators.
  • In its current iteration, more than 50,000 creators will be able to earn money through streaming on Instagram Live using Badges, which are tips paid for by followers.
  • The Instagram influencer Ronne Brown, who has had access to Badges for a few weeks, earned over $1,000 in her first week using the feature.
  • Business Insider spoke with Justin Osofsky, Instagram’s chief operating officer, about the company’s plans for tipping and its broader ambitions within creator monetization.
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Instagram is ramping up its test of a feature that lets people tip influencers during livestreams on the app, which it thinks will be especially popular among creators without huge followings.

The tipping feature is centered on

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Facebook Sues Companies Caught Selling Fake Instagram Followers

Illustration for article titled Facebook Sues Two Companies It Caught Selling Fake Instagram Followers

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As part of Instagram’s ongoing crackdown on the scourge of fake followers leaving fake likes on the accounts of equally fake influencers, parent company Facebook announced earlier today that it filed two separate lawsuits targeting four individuals whose stock and trade was selling fake engagement.

The post notes that Facebook had previously sent multiple cease and desists to the companies in question since 2017, months before Instagram formally announced it was cracking down on accounts sporting a suspicious number of likes, follows, or comments of dubious origin. According to the legal filings for both suits, Facebook also took the time to disable any Instagram accounts affiliated with these businesses, which were sometimes used to hawk their engagement wares. Apparently, neither company was deterred by the tech giant, leading to today’s lawsuits.

One of the companies named, Boostgram, spent the past five

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Facebook and Instagram launch a bundle of features and programming for #DurgaPujo2020

As the country transcends into the festive season, Facebook and Instagram have launched a bundle of features and content programming to help make your virtual Durga Pujo celebrations as entertaining as possible. These include immersive AR filters and stickers to create fun and engaging Stories, Reels, Facebook posts and programming on specific hashtags like #DurgaPujo2020, #ShubhoMahalaya, #FBDurgaPujo, #IGDurgaPujo.

Facebook and Instagram are platforms where people connect and express themselves, something that especially comes alive during festivals. Like every year, Durga Pujo will kick-start the festive period and be celebrated enthusiastically, but this time with a greater focus on virtual celebrations.

Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook India, added, “With the onset of the festive season, cultural celebrations have gone virtual in the new normal. From capturing feelings and expressions to celebrating together, Facebook and its family of apps have always played an important role in bringing people together.

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