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You will soon see more ads in your Instagram feed

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Instagram’s more than 300 million users will soon see a lot more advertisements in their feed of travelscapes, breakfast scones and stylish babies.

When Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, the popular, free photo-sharing app had no ads. Since then, Instagram has been careful to only show a few, hand-picked ads in users’ feeds, for fear of alienating its fiercely loyal following – or marring the Instagram experience. But we all knew that wouldn’t last.

This week, Instagram announced that it will make ads on its app “available to businesses of all types and sizes.” Advertisers will also be able to target their messages to users based on their age, location and gender, as well as their interests and things they follow on Instagram.

“Working with Facebook, we will enable advertisers to reach people on Instagram based on demographics and interests, as well as information businesses have about their own customers,” reads a blog post from Instagram.

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To start, Instagram will be open to what it calls a “select group” of Facebook marketing partners and agencies, and will expand worldwide throughout the year.

The photo sharing network is also testing an feature that would allow users to purchase products through ads.

This week social network Pinterest also announced it would introduce “buyable pins” that would allow users to buy items directly through the company’s app.

– With a file from Global News

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