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Facebook and Instagram keep access to user photos while the user is denied access

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Facebook is apparently pushing Instagram to incorporate identity. As TechCrunch described it, Instagram was not built that way to start with:

When Kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger started Instagram, it wasn’t meant to be your meatspace social graph or the online copy of your personality. It was just for smartphonetography. You entered your handle and your “name”. Neither had to be your real name.

Many users on Instagram don’t use their real name and just go by a pseudo-anonymous handle. Facebook wants to change all that. Again, via TechCrunch:

Tacking true identity onto a two-plus year-old social network doesn’t come easy. It could even steal a bit of the carefree atmosphere that’s made Instagram such a refreshing alternative to Facebook.

Instagram never required users to use their real names before. However, they are now reportedly requiring some users to confirm their identities with pictures of government-issued IDs

Facebook and its sister network Instagram known as the world's largest social network is now in hot water again. This time it isn't about a class action lawsuit over photo rights and marketing information. It has become much more serious than that for many users. Facebook and Instagram are now asking users to provide scanned government issued photo identification in order to obtain access to their accounts with the majority of account holders residing in the United States. While the account is disabled the user's profile is still visible by friends and family, however, access is completely denied to the alleged.

Even worse, according to this L.A. Harte story:

In this methodology Facebook and Instagram keeps access to a user's photos and their last status updated but the user is denied access completely to modifying or logging into the account until rigorous identification documents are verified by the social networking giant.

This kind of thing is why we introduced the "Bring Your Own Cloud Storage" concept to reInsta. With reInsta, you keep your photos in your own Dropbox account and you can deny access to the reInsta app - unlike other social networks, like Facebook and Instagram, where you need their permission to access your own photos, where they can block you from your own photos at any time, with the reInsta social network, you control whether the service may continue to access your photos, not the other way around.

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May 27, 2013

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Simple social sharing with reInsta

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As we've noted before, while you don't need a Facebook account to signup and use reInsta, it is very easy to share to FaceBook or Twitter from the reInsta app.

Simply click the share icon in the upper right and choose share photo from the menu that appears. This will open the iOS 6 share dialog to share the photo to any of the social networks you have provisioned on your phone, as shown above. You’ll see familiar icons for Mail, Message, Twitter, and Facebook as well as options for Print, Copy, Use As Wallpaper. Tap on any of those buttons to trigger the related action.

This is a built-in feature of iOS 6. In Settings, you'll find listings for Facebook and Twitter. Go there to set up Facebook and Twitter integration with iOS.

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May 27, 2013

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WIth reInsta, No Facebook Account, No Problem

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There are lot of reasons for not using Facebook to log-in to websites and apps - it doesn't make you a Luddite or part of The Anti-Social Network.

For many people, Facebook is a private and not a public thing, used to interact with real-life friends, not the world at large. Others are simply uncomfortable about giving access to their Facebook account willy nilly. People get suspicious that what they do on the site or with the app will start appearing on their timeline. Still other people are uneasy about handing yet more of their personal information and photos over to Facebook, not knowing how it might be used in the future.

For these reasons, one of the most common complaints by users is when a service requires users to sign-up and log-in using Facebook. The issue is so prevalent that even Facebook themselves made it so you don't need to have a Facebook account to use their Messenger app. Even Facebook accepts that not everyone wants an account on its social network. Yet many services still require Facebook accounts while others are owned by the social networking giant, making all your posted content, including your photos, fair game for whatever intentions Facebook may have in the future.
 
reInsta never asks for your Facebook username. You do not need a Facebook account to sign-up and use the service. All you need is a username and email address (which is never shown to anyone and never spammed). Share and interact with your your contacts whether or not they’ve joined Facebook.
 
For iPhone and iPod Touch (works on iPad too), get reInsta today - it's free!

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May 17, 2013

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Let My Data Go! Personal Data Freedom Day 2013

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Everywhere · Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM

It's Passover, time to celebrate the liberation of our data from those who hold it in bondage. It is a day to remember how we suffered as our data was held hostage, sold as slaves, abused and distorted, and destroyed. We also tell stories of freedom when our digital selves were set free, returned home to the lives and families from which they had been torn. On Personal Data Freedom Day we... [read more]

 

Learn more: pde.cc/lmdg

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Mar 27, 2013

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Sneak peek: new Sketch filter coming in reInsta Version 1.1

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The next version of reInsta will soon be headed to the Apple App Store. There are a number of significant new features and improvements to the app in this version that we will tell you all about when it is available for download.  Here's a sneak peak at one of them, the new "Sketch" filter.

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Mar 24, 2013