Russian Artist Sums Up What Instagram Is All About (6 Pics)

If you use Instagram regularly, you are probably familiar with the scenario. Someone has traveled to a scenic place, let’s say Rome. They want to show their followers all the beautiful sights in the eternal city – The Vatican, The Spanish Steps, The Colosseum. But do they, really? Usually traveling together with a long-suffering friend (who is mostly there to be a personal photographer), they faithfully tour the well-trodden path, looking not for historical and cultural inspiration but something far more important: a photo opportunity. They are feeling cute today! And so this ancient and atmospheric amphitheater – once used for savage gladiatorial contests at the height of the Roman Empire – is relegated to background fodder; a mere prop …

Most social media disgusts us, but in Insta stories I have found intimacy, crushes and stalkers | Brigid Delaney

Life in 2019 is a never-resting, infinite content creation gulag but Stories still feel intimate It may take some time, but eventually the social media networks that we were in thrall to, begin to disgust us. Facebook: so fun, so innocent in 2008. Only a few short years later it became like walking into an ongoing, never ending, tedious high school reunion. People are constantly shoving baby photos in your face or bragging about their latest promotion or book or renovation, and when you try to sneak out the side door you get caught up in a toxic fight a cluster of friends are having about everything really. Once the funniest people in the world were on Twitter. Smart strangers …

Instagrams Adam Mosseri to meet UK health secretary over suicide content concerns

The still fresh-in-post boss of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has been asked to meet the UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, to discuss the social media platform’s handling of content that promotes suicide and self harm, the BBC reports. Mosseri’s summons follows an outcry in the UK over disturbing content being recommended to vulnerable users of Instagram, following the suicide of a 14 year old schoolgirl, Molly Russell, who killed herself in 2017. After her death, Molly’s family discovered she had been following a number of Instagram accounts that encouraged self-harm. Speaking to the BBC last month Molly’s father said he did not doubt the platform had played a role in her decision to kill herself. Writing in the Telegraph newspaper today, Mosseri makes direct reference to Molly’s …