Instagram Tests Donation Stickers in Stories
Stay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Facebook’s popular fundraiser function appears to be rolling out to Instagram users.New code pulled from the photo-sharing service’s Android app highlights a new “Donation” sticker and the ability to search for nonprofits.Reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong on Monday tweeted a screenshot (above). Instagram later confirmed it is testing the feature and hopes to bring it to all users “later this year.”“Instagram is all about bringing you closer to the people and things you love, and a big part of that is showing support for and bringing awareness to meaningful communities and causes,” a spokeswoman told Geek.com.“Later this year, people will be able to raise money and help support nonprofits that are important to them through a donation sticker in Instagram Stories,” the statement continued. “We’re excited to bring this experience to our community and will share more updates in the coming months.”But, as TechCrunch tells it, the charitable feature may hide nefarious intentions.“Back in 2013 when Facebook launched its Donate button, I suggested that it could add a ‘remove credit card after checkout’ option to its fundraisers if it wanted to make it clear that the feature was purely altruistic,” TC’s Josh Constine wrote this week.“Facebook never did that,” he continued. “We’ll see if Instagram is any different.”The filtered-photo platform already handily includes shopping links that redirect consumers to a third-party website. There is currently no in-app purchasing process.That may soon change, though, as Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed plans to boost commerce this year across the social network’s family of apps.“In Instagram, one of the areas I’m most excited about this year is commerce and shopping,” Zuckerberg said during last month’s Q4 2018 earnings call, as reported by TechCrunch. “There’s also a very big opportunity in basically enabling the transactions and making it so that the buying experience is good.”In other words: Once we obtain your payment details, you become a slave to your digital cart.More on Geek.com:Instagram’s Latest Bug Might Alter Your FollowersInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your DesktopInstagram to Hide Self-Harm Images Behind ‘Sensitivity Screens’Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:25 a..m. on Feb. 19 with a statement from Instagram.