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Instagram’s “25% User Drop” is False, Isn’t Privacy-Related

InstagramThere are reports around the Web that Instagram has lost 25% around of its daily active users connected to Facebook, according to an app-tracking firm AppData. Some reports are attributing it to the change in Instagram’s terms of service, which had caused a frenzy on the Web. Facebook’s stock also is down more than 2% today, which could be a result of those reports — any weakness in an app that Facebook paid $1 billion for at the time wouldn’t be well-received by the market. But it doesn’t seem like the claim that Instagram’s terms of service change led to a massive exodus is true. Instead, it had to do more with the seasonality of app usage, according to AppData. Here’s the statement: “AppData reflects only Facebook-connected users of the Instagram app. Though the terms of service change spurred a lot of negative media attention and complaints from users, the decline in Facebook-connected daily active users began closer to Christmas, not immediately after the proposed policy changes.”

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.