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Tony Abbott hacked after posting boarding pass on Instagram

Hacker Alex Hope said he uncovered Mr Abbott's details from his Qantas boarding pass in just 45 minutes.

He then spent months attempting to contact Mr Abbott to alert him of the security breach.

Qantas said it had now updated its cyber security protocols.

Mr Abbott posted an image of a boarding pass for his flight from Sydney to Tokyo on 21 March on his Instagram account, thanking the crew.

The Rock ranks as Instagram's 'most valuable star'

The wrestler-turned-actor could charge advertisers more than $1m (£790,000) per post last year, according to the social media marketing firm Hopper HQ.

The Fast and Furious star knocked make-up entrepreneur Kylie Jenner off the top spot.

She has 182 million Instagram followers, while he has 187 million.

UK-based company Hopper HQ, which runs social media accounts on behalf of companies and individuals, published its first Instagram rich list in 2017.

Instagram 'will overtake Twitter as a news source'

The 2020 Reuters Institute Digital News report found the use of Instagram for news had doubled since 2018.

The trend is strongest among young people. It said nearly a quarter of UK 18-24-year-olds used Instagram as a source of news about coronavirus.

But social media platforms were also among the least-trusted sources.

Just 26% of people said they trusted social media as a source of information about the virus. A similar percentage said they trusted news that had been shared via chat apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Jennifer Aniston joins Instagram by posting Friends reunion photo

The 50-year-old attracted almost five million followers in 12 hours after posting a selfie with Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry.

The post followed her recent revelation that the cast had met up at Cox's home.

"And now we're Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," the actress wrote.

After her profile appeared not to accept new followers for a short time because of a technical difficulty, Aniston joked: "Sorry, I think I broke it."

Sonny Bill Williams seeks forgiveness over Instagram copyright 'misunderstanding'

Williams had asked the social media company yesterday why they removed a photo of him and teammate Ofa Tu'ungafasi from the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup Test against the Springboks before it was revealed the photographer's byline had been cropped out.

In the picture, Williams and Tu'ungafasi are making dua - a Muslim prayer of faith.

After discovering the copyright issue and finding the picture's original photographer, Malaysia Rugby's Faiz Azizan, Williams asked for forgiveness in a re-uploaded version of the picture that included accreditation.

Instagram fact-check: Can a new flagging tool stop fake news?

But questions remain as to whether it goes far enough to counter the amount of disinformation on the image-sharing platform.

The move is part of a wider raft of measures the social media giant has taken to tackle the problem of fake news on social media.

Instagram removes ad company after 'data grab'

Hyp3r was scraping profiles, copying photos and siphoning off data supposed to be deleted after 24 hours, according to a Business Insider investigation.

Instagram said Hyp3r had "violated" its policies and had been sent legal papers telling it to stop collecting data.

Hyp3r said it complied with privacy regulations and the terms of service for the social networks it targeted.

Business Insider said Instagram's owner, Facebook, should have been more diligent about preventing data grabbing in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook boss reveals changes in response to criticism

The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data.

Mr Zuckerberg said the company plans to put privacy first.

He acknowledged that there was much to do to rebuild trust.

In a speech to developers, Mr Zuckerberg described the firm's new focus on privacy as "a major shift" in how the company is run.

Some of the more visible changes to those who use the firm's products will include:

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages

The website Down Detector reported that thousands of people globally had complained about the Facebook-owned trio being down from 11.30 BST onwards.

Facebook users were presented with the message: "Something went wrong."

At 14:50, the site said it had resolved the issue after some users "experienced trouble connecting" to the apps.

A spokesman for the company added: "We're sorry for any inconvenience."

Facebook did not comment on the cause of the problem, or say how many users had been affected.

Instagram users see significant follower losses

Celebrities like Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez were among the most affected, with Mashable reporting their drops at around two million each.

YouTuber James Charles says he lost up to 500,000 followers.

There was speculation Instagram had just carried out a 'purge' of "inauthentic" followers, but a statement from the Facebook-owned company suggests it could be something else.

Watch out influencers - Instagram is culling your fake followers