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Instagram’s new security feature makes it easier to block apps from your account

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Instagram is introducing new controls of third-party apps.
Instagram is introducing new controls of third-party apps.
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The format should look familiar to anyone who has used "Log In with Facebook."

The format should look familiar to anyone who has used “Log In with Facebook.”

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The format should look familiar to anyone who has used “Log In with Facebook” — it provides a brief overview of what the app is asking for.

Additionally, Instagram is making it easier to view how many apps you’ve previously authorized and remove them from your account. In the app’s main settings menu, there will be a new “Apps and Websites” menu in the Security section, where you can see when an app was connected and remove it from your account.

The new feature lets you remove apps from your Instagram account.

The new feature lets you remove apps from your Instagram account.

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Instagram’s update comes amid a wider crackdown on third-party apps at Facebook. Last month, the social network revealed that it had removed “tens of thousands” of apps from its platform for breaking its rules, as a result of its investigations following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Third-party services have also posed problems for Instagram in the past. Hackers have successfully impersonated analytics services in order to hijack high-profile accounts and one of the company’s “preferred marketing partners” was caught scraping location data from millions of users.

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