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Wednesday Oct 16 2019
Web Desk

Instagram now offers more control to users over third-party apps

Web Desk
A screen displays the Instagram logo during a presentation in New York, US, December 12, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Instagram has introduced a new option that gives users more control over the data the photo-sharing platform shares with third-party apps, it announced in a blog post late Tuesday.

The Facebook-owned social media company emphasised that it wished to "protect the data people share with us" and said it was "introducing new in-app features to help you better control the data you share with third-parties through Instagram".

Instagram users often link up their handles with third-party apps and websites that offer the option to 'Import photos from Instagram' or to 'Connect/Link to Instagram'. These third-party apps access information such as usernames and photos.

However, the photo-sharing app said it was now providing more convenience for its loyal users to manage their third-party services. Users can now remove any app linked to your Instagram easily and in simple steps.

How to access the option?

• Navigate to 'Settings'

• Select 'Security' and then 'Apps and Websites'

• Check the third-party services with access to your data

To check what kind of information third parties are accessing, Instagram has introduced an amended authorisation screen "that lists all the information the third party is requesting to access".

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"You’ll have the option to 'cancel' or 'authorize' this access directly from the authorization screen," it added.

Instagram also underscored that once a third-party app or service was removed, it would longer have access to new data on users' accounts. It said it would roll out the user data access update gradually, in a span of approximately six months.

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