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Instagram doesn’t allow me to keep my account deactivated. Instead it reactivates and doesn’t allow me to deactivate it again.

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"Sorry, you can only disable your account once a week. Try again in a few days."

Aug 21, 2022

AssholeDesign | Aug 21, 2022

In-app browsers (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok) found to track everything that users do.

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Do not browse the web in in-app browsers (e.g. in apps like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok). Experience is bad. Those apps also INJECT TRACKING INSTRUCTIONS. They control every interaction, all that is typed, clicked... Browse with normal web browsers.

Aug 21, 2022

Lukasz Olejnik | Aug 21, 2022

After 30 days, Instagram forces users to see suggested posts, even though they requested for them to be hidden.

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"AKA “We will automatically uncheck your stated preferences and ruin your experience once a month until we wear you down and you stop manually re-checking them.”"

Aug 06, 2022

Peter V. Brett | Aug 06, 2022

How Facebook decided to capitalise on your muscle memory .

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The instagram redesign involved moving a new shopping button to where the "like" button used to be, causing many users to tap it by mistake.

Nov 20, 2020

kwiecinski_one | Nov 20, 2020

Is the New Instagram Update a New Form of Dark Pattern?

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In the last days, the most recent Instagram update has been in the news for the worst reasons. Many users and influencers have publicly spoken out their dissatisfaction, namely James Charles, who, in a rant video, advised his followers not to update their apps.

Nov 19, 2020

Mariana V | Nov 19, 2020

Wired: How Facebook and Other Sites Manipulate Your Privacy Choices

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Social media platforms repeatedly use so-called dark patterns to nudge you toward giving away more of your data.

Aug 12, 2020

Arielle Pardas | Aug 12, 2020

Instagram: No Option for “No”.

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The user is pressured to turn on notifications, and there is only the option for “not now” and “ok”. If the user does not want to turn on notifications, there is not option for that, and the app will continue to bother them about it.

Aug 01, 2017

Gray et al. | Aug 01, 2017