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Instagram Adds New Measures to Help Users Regain Access to Locked Accounts

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Instagram Adds New Measures to Help Users Regain Access to Locked Accounts

Instagram has added some new tools to help users regain access to their accounts if they find themselves locked out, while it’s also added some new measures to combat impersonation – which feel like a pointed jab at Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter 2.0’ approach.

First off, on re-gaining access to hacked accounts – to help people get back into their profiles, Instagram has set up a new recovery center which will guide you through the process of logging back into your profile.

As you can see in this sequence, now, if you find yourself locked out of IG, you can go to Instagram.com/hacked, which will then take you through the process to get your log-in info.

Som förklarat av IG:

"If you’re unable to log in to your account, enter Instagram.com/hacked on your mobile phone or desktop browser. Next, you will be able to select if you think you’ve been hacked, forgot your password, lost access to two-factor authentication or if your account has been disabled. From there, you will be able to follow a series of steps to help regain access to your account.”

It could be a helpful tool to help avoid a common frustration, with a simplified flow to help get you back into the app.

Instagram also notes that people with multiple accounts will be able to choose which specific account needs support.

Instagram’s also expanded access to its friend confirmation process, which enables users to refer to their friends to confirm their identity, if they end up locked out.

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The option, which Instagram started testing back in July, is now available to everyone on Instagram.

“If you find yourself locked out of your account, you’ll be able to choose two of your Instagram friends to verify your identity and get back into your account.

In addition to this, Instagram’s also adding new measures to combat impersonation in the app, including new warnings on questionable contact, and expanded display of its verification badges.

Which is almost the opposite of the direction that Twitter is currently heading.

As per IG:

“We’re now testing sending warnings if an account that we suspect may be impersonating someone requests to follow you. In the coming months, we’ll also send warnings if an account that may be impersonating a business sends you a Direct Message (DM).

Instagram safety update

Instagram’s verification badges, meanwhile, will soon be shown across more surfaces in the app:

“That way, you can quickly determine whether the account you are interacting with is authentic. In addition to Profiles, you can now see verified blue badges in Stories and DMs and coming soon, Feed.

Instagram safety update

So while Twitter is diluting its blue badges as an authenticity tool, by selling them to anyone for $8, Instagram is ramping up its emphasis on blue ticks as a marker of true identity, as clarified by its verification checking process.

I mean, theoretically, Twitter’s new $8 Blue checkmarks could also serve a similar purpose, if Twitter were to incorporate more ID checking into its systems. But right now, the process is not as vigorous in confirming user information, while the fact that anyone can buy a blue tick reduces the value of it as a marker of trust.

On Instagram, however, it remains an important signal in this respect, and the expanded display of the checkmark could help to reduce impersonation in the app.

Instagram says that these new updates are being rolled out to all users from today.

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An Overview of Generative AI [Infographic]

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An Overview of Generative AI [Infographic]

Generative AI is the latest big tech trend, with the latest variations of text and image generators now able to create original content that’s comparable to human outputs, opening up a range of new possibilities.

That’s also freaking a lot of people out, due to concerns that they could be out of the job entirely due to the sudden influx of impressive AI tools. And some, like digital artists, are already feeling the pinch – but it is worth noting that AI systems can only iterate on what’s come before, in order to provide similar content, they can’t come up with entirely original, unique, or even trustworthy material.

‘Trustworthy’ in this context relates to the accuracy of the text data such systems provide, with AI systems known to ‘hallucinate’ answers based on the various data points they can connect to your query. Essentially, you really have to know and understand the topics that you’re focusing on to produce the best results, because you can then view the outputs with a more critical eye, and ensure no mistakes or errors slip through.

In this sense, these tools work best as assistants – and in that context, it’s less about them taking your job, and more about them leveling up your capacity.

To provide more context as to what these systems are, and how they work, the team from Visual Capitalist has put together a basic overview of some of the key generative AI processes that you need to know about as we move into the next stage of the digital era.

Understanding these tools, and their many applications, will soon become a requisite for many roles – and the more you know, the better placed you’ll be.

Time to jump in – check out the fullständig infografik Nedan.

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US state to require parental consent for social media

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Utah on Thursday became the first US state to require social media sites to get parental consent for accounts used by under-18s, placing the burden on platforms like Instagram and TikTok to verify the age of their users.

The law, which takes effect March 2024, was brought in response to fears over growing youth addiction to social media, and to security risks such as online bullying, exploitation, and collection of children’s personal data.

But it has prompted warnings from tech firms and civil liberties groups that it could curtail access to online resources for marginalized teens, and have far-reaching implications for free speech.

“We’re no longer willing to let social media companies continue to harm the mental health of our youth,” tweeted Spencer Cox, governor of the western US state, who signed two related bills at a ceremony Thursday.

The bills also require social media firms to grant parents full access to their children’s accounts, and to create a default “curfew” blocking overnight access to children’s accounts. 

They set out fines for social media companies if they target users under 18 with “addictive algorithms,” and make it easier for parents to sue social media companies for financial, physical or emotional harm.

“We hope that this is just the first step in many bills that we’ll see across the nation, and hopefully taken on by the federal government,” said state representative Jordan Teuscher, who co-sponsored the bill.

Michael McKell, a Republican member of Utah’s Senate who also sponsored the bill, said it was a “bipartisan” effort, and praised President Joe Biden’s recent State of the Union address, in which he raised the issue.

Biden last month called on US lawmakers to restrict how social media companies advertise to children and collect their data, as he accused Big Tech of conducting a “for profit” experiment on the nation’s youth.

California has already introduced online safety laws including strict default privacy settings for minors, but the Utah law goes further.

Lawmakers in states such as Ohio and Connecticut are working on similar bills.

Platforms including Instagram and TikTok have introduced more controls for parents, such as messaging limits and time caps.

At Thursday’s ceremony in Utah, McKell pointed to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which he said highlighted the toll social media apps can have on young minds.

“The impact on our daughters — and I have two daughters — it was incredibly troubling,” he said. 

“Thirty percent of our daughters from ninth grade to 12th grade had seriously contemplated suicide. That’s startling.”

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ChatGPT is being used to lure victims into downloading malware

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Hackers are trying to capitalize on the enormous popularity of ChatGPT to distribute malware, security experts have warned.

A report from cybersecurity researchers CloudSEK has detailed an elaborate scheme that includes stolen Facebook accounts, groups, and pages, malicious Facebook ads, and fake ChatGPT software.

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