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By 12 April 2018 | Categories: news

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It seems like the whole Facebook scandal is putting pressure on social media in general. Take for example one of Facebook’s prized purchases – Instagram. Technology site TechCrunch recently knocked it for not providing the ability to download all your data. While it’s easy enough to get your pics onto the site, getting your pics or videos off easily is near impossible.

Now the company has confirmed that, yes indeed, such a tool, similar to Facebook’s Download your Data, will be coming soon. And it seems to be quite extensive, with a spokesperson confirming to TechCrunch, “We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.”

This is important for two reasons. For many people, Instagram is a repository of sort for memories and generally, their most prized images. Knowing that you can download your photos and videos at any time means that there will be backup copies in the cloud somewhere, in case your local storage crashes.

Secondly, as TechCrunch notes, it will make it possible to transfer your images to a competitor, if and when such a service comes along. Instagram is extremely popular right now, with more than 800 million users, but, as we’ve seen with Facebook, no social network seems immune to a fall from grace now and then.

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