New York (The Verge) — Instagram would be better off without Facebook trib.al/77wxsne.
The Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general are calling for Facebook to spin off Instagram and WhatsApp. For Instagram, this presents an opportunity to lose its association with Facebook’s baggage.
Regulators are still a long way from making that happen, but for the first time, it’s a possibility that Facebook can’t ignore. And for Instagram users, it raises a question that’s both alarming and tantalizing: what would Instagram look like without Facebook?
In the years since the 2012 acquisition, Instagram has benefited hugely from its relationship with Facebook, gaining massive scale and freeing itself from the pressure to achieve profitability. Even now, Facebook’s support is crucial to Instagram’s aggressive product development cycle and low-profile navigation of content moderation challenges. If regulators succeed, Instagram would have to build much of that from scratch. — Ashley Carman/@verge