Instagram launches in-app shopping tool with 20 retailers

Jack Stewart Mar 19, 2019
HTML EMBED:
COPY
This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images

Instagram launches in-app shopping tool with 20 retailers

Jack Stewart Mar 19, 2019
This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

The online marketplace just got a little more interesting. Instagram launched in-app purchase and payment services for 20 major brands, including Nike, Burberry and Uniqlo. Shoppers will now be able to click on Instagram posts featuring items they want and complete purchases, all while staying inside the app. The news raises questions about data privacy and how much more information shoppers will have to give up to Instagram and its parent company, Facebook. 

Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.