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Instagram will let you download your content after criticism about portability

Instagram will let you download your content after criticism about portability
From TechCrunch - April 11, 2018

Yesterday we reported that Instagram lacked data portability, knocking the app for the absence of an equivalent to Facebooks Download Your Information too. Now an Instagramspokesperson tells me We are building a new data portability tool. Youll soon be able to download a copy of what youve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.

This tool could make it much easier for users to leave Instagram and go to a competing image social network. And as long as it launches before May 25th, it will help Instagram to comply with upcoming European GDPR privacy law that requires data portability.

Instagram has historically made it very difficult to export your data. You cant drag, or tap and hold on images to save them. And you cant download images youve already posted. Thats despite Instagram now being almost 8 years old and having over 800 million users. For comparison, Facebooklaunched its Download Your Information tool in 2010, just six years after launch.

Were awaiting more info on whether youll only be able to download your photos, videos, and messages; or if youll also be able to export your following and follower lists, Likes, comments, Stories, and the captions you share with posts. Its also unclear whether photos and videos will export in the full fidelity that theyre uploaded or displayed in, or whether theyll be compressed. Instagram told me well share more details very soon when we actually launch the tool. But at a high level it allows you to download and export what you have shared on Instagram so well have to wait for more clarity.

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