Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

Not only will the tool be helpful for users in keeping a track of their information, it will also help Instagram comply with upcoming European GDPR privacy law that requires data portability. The wealth of information included in Facebook's equivalent service shocked some users, who were unhappy to discover that the company had tracked metadata of their text and phone conversations.

The feature gives Instagram an edge over competitor Snapchat, TechCrunch reported, which has floundered a bit recently in the wake of an unpopular redesign and negative press attention from an advertisement poking fun at domestic violence. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed in testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Congress that the company would comply with GDPR in Europe and in the U.S., where it's not yet required. The social graph, in question, helps Instagram's algorithm to show users the most relevant posts on their news feed. However we suppose eventually there might come the day that Instagram might shutter its services, so what will happen to all our photos and videos then?

According to reports, users will soon find an option on Instagram that will allow them to download our images and videos.

To take those ideal "bokeh" photos, you just need to update your app via the iOS Store or the Play Store.


Instagram has never allowed exporting of user data, despite being in the market for 8 years. Also, it is not yet known if Instagram will grant the users with a list of their followers or following people or will simply provide the users with their pictures and videos. It's also not clear whether photos and videos will export in the full quality or they'll be compressed. The Instagram spokesperson said about the same "we'll share more details very soon when we actually launch the tool".

It's assumed that users' own stable media will be saved.

In Instagram's case, it operates as such: the moment it detects a face, the viewfinder strives to blur out everything else, so it is unclear if this effect would apply in the case of objects that are not human faces.

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