Users In China Are Reporting That Instagram Has Been Blocked, Likely In Response To The Hong Kong Protests

We’re seeing reports from users on Twitter that Instagram has been blocked in mainland China. It’s likely due to the protests happening in Hong Kong. Citizens in Hong Kong are protesting the government in Beijing to allow them to practice “full democracy.” If Instagram is blocked in China as the Twitter reports indicate, it’s likely to keep images of the protest, which include police firing tear gas at demonstrators, from spreading.

http://www.businessinsider.com/instagram-blocked-in-china-2014-9

Instagram Launches Bolt, a Snapchat Look Alike, Outside U.S.

Instagram has launched an app designed after Snapchat. The online mobile photo and video sharing and social networking service released an app called Bolt on Tuesday. It’s Instagram’s first venture into speedy and ephemeral one-to-one video and photo-messaging. The company launched Bolt on Android and iOS in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. Technology website TechCrunch said Instagram is testing the app in these English-speaking and Instagram-fluent countries before rolling it out in the United States.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/5354/20140731/instagram-bolt-photo-sharing-video-sharing-app-android-ios-snapchat.htm

Thailand continues Instagram love affair as it reaches 1.5 million users (INFOGRAPHIC)

We love social media in Thailand. There are 24 million users on Facebook. The country’s Twitter activity increased last year. On Instagram, Thailand hosts one the most Instagramed place in the world. Thailand now has 1.5 million Instagram users, according to data from Zocial Inc. The company behind ZocialRank, which monitors social media trends in the country, has came up with an infographic (embedded below) showing more details about Instagram’s users in Thailand.

http://www.techinasia.com/thailand-continues-instagram-love-affair-reaches-15-million-users-infographic/