The announcement comes amid the ongoing data privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica and social media platform, Facebook. The tool will allow users to download data including their photos, videos and messages, he added. "You'll soon be able to download a copy of what you've shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages", the spokesperson said.
Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, back when Instagram had just 30 million users.
Facebook has long offered a tool that enables users to download their account data, but Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) still lacks one.
Per TechCrunch, that law also requires apps to have some form of data portability.
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A reader named Genady Okrain also found that a unique tag can be generated by using emoji patterns for sharing profiles. It is not known whether Instagram will allow downloading of data like likes, comments and captions which are shared with the posts. "From a data perspective, it noted, Facebook and Instagram are the same". The photo-sharing site, which is owned by Facebook, hasn't provided much in the way of detail regarding the forthcoming tool but additional information should be provided sooner rather than later.
Do you think portability must be on every social media?