Instagram will soon let users download their data, similar to Google Takeout

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"Before Zuckerberg's scheduled congressional testimony on privacy, Facebook had been doing a companywide review of all its products, making sure, the company says, that it's using data only in ways that benefit users and can be understood by them. When you're done, you can add creative tools like filters, stickers and text to your photo or video before sending to your friends on Instagram Direct or adding to your story".

Facebook-owned Instagram has confirmed a new feature it'll soon launch: a data portability tool.

Altogether the company only emphasized that "At a high level, the tool allows you to download and export what you have shared on Instagram". The rule will also require companies to delete data upon user request.

Instagram on Tuesday introduced a new Focus camera feature for both photos and video that takes clear pictures of people in the foreground while softly blurring the background.

When you open the camera in Instagram app, you'll see "Focus" next to "Superzoom" under the record button. Moving away from the new camera mode, Stories' users will now also have access to a new user mention sticker. It's also unclear whether photos and videos will export in the full fidelity that they're uploaded or displayed in, or whether they'll be compressed. And you can't download images you've already posted.

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"We'll share more details very soon when we actually launch the tool".

Based on the official comment, it sounds like the tool may be limited to the "big" data - image, photos, and messages, leaving other things like follower lists and stories behind.

Until Instagram doesn't implement a solid data portability feature, applications like InstaPort, which allow the users to port their Instagram data via third party apps may keep their shady work going.

Do you think portability must be on every social media?

Fortunately, no one would have to use these service once Instagram rolls out the feature natively.

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