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Instagram Announces Feature That Lets You Download Photos, Videos & Messages
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Apr 2018
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Logo via Instagram Brand Assets
So far, Instagram hasn’t made it easy for users to extract content from its app. If you want to save images or videos from the platform, you would have to use a third-party client.
In light of the criticism shrouding parent company Facebook, Instagram has announced that it will introduce a data-portability tool to let users export photos, videos, and messages.
A spokesperson confirmed with TechCrunch, “We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.”
The tool mirrors Facebook’s ‘Download Your Information’ feature, which was introduced in 2010 but only drew widespread attention following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
It will also ensure that Instagram abides by Europe’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, which stands for users’ right to be able to obtain full archives of their data.
Instagram added that the feature will be made available starting 25 May 2018.
[via TechCrunch, cover image via Instagram Brand Assets]
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