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Kevin Systrom  CEO & Co-founder of Instagram

Yesterday morning I hosted a Q&A for some of our inspiring interns. As interns, they work on teams throughout Instagram and Facebook. I had the opportunity to answer their questions around innovation, disrupting your own ideas, and some of the new products we’re building for Instagram. I learn so much every time I meet with the people who work so hard to make Instagram and Facebook great. Thanks for having me!

This week, my friend and teammate Joy-Vincent passed away. It's a tragedy, and I’m a loss for words for how to describe how much I will miss him. He brought a positive and enthusiastic spirit that lifted me and the Instagram family over the years of working together.

JV stood for everything IG stands for. He stood for craft, showing kindness without expectation of gain, and looking at the world through a lens of curiosity. These values are stronger at IG because of him.

He was also one of the most talented designers I’ve ever worked with. His skill influenced our new campus, our logo and our app. He made a lasting impact that will go on for the life of Instagram. I speak for everyone at Instagram when I say, we will miss him dearly.

Original photo by @banjowen

The best part of working at IG are the relationships you build with the people who work around you. I'm inspired by their talents, interests and enthusiasm. We're all about strengthening relationships via IG, so sometimes we do the same in the real world by sharing a meal. Thanks to all the wonderful people who work alongside me - you have become another family over the years.

I've heard some of you say that offensive and toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely. I believe that we have a responsibility to address this, and to try and create technologies that foster a safer, kinder environment. Today, we're taking a step towards this idea by introducing a filter that will help block offensive comments on posts and in live video. You can turn this filter off in the “...” settings menu from the profile and scroll to tap “Comments.” We’ll launch this in English first, but will offer it in more languages over time. These filters are powered by machine learning and trained by our team to recognize certain types of offensive comments so you never have to see them. Our work is far from finished and perfect, but I hope we’re helping you feel safer and more welcome on Instagram. Art by @runnerkimhall.

While @jimmiejohnson spends most of his time on four wheels as a NASCAR driver, between races he's often on two as an avid cyclist. Today he finished his qualifying lap and we met up for a ride. Cycling is such a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Thanks for coming out Jimmie!

Today I went live from Vidcon on the @instagram account with @lizakoshy. Thanks to our new post-live feature you can watch the live video for 24 hours. Tune in to see @lizakoshy and I tour the Instagram Creator Lounge and talk about the convention!

Today is World Refugee Day, a day to honor the strength and courage of the millions of refugees around the world, a sentiment advocated by Iraqi-Romanian photographer Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi (@dianazeynebalhindawi), pictured here. Diana was born in Moldova, Romania in 1979 to a Romanian mother, and an Iraqi father whose family had fled from the Saddam Hussein regime. Her father found himself also unwelcome under the Ceausescu regime, so her family ended up living briefly in Syria, then in a refugee camp in Serbia, before receiving asylum in Canada and finally settling in the United States. After a period of service as an humanitarian aid worker in places like East Timor, she now works as a photographer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, documenting the longstanding conflicts and crises that have plagued the region. You can learn more about Diana and her work on @instagram. Photo by @grifftapper

Happy Father's Day @doug!!! Here's to the guy who taught me to follow my passions and live life to its fullest. Speaking of which, this is us zooming around in the #cobra this morning for a Father's Day spin!

Starting today you can archive posts you've shared into a space that's only visible to you. Whether you want to keep moments or curate your profile, Archive gives you more flexibility. To archive, tap the “...” menu on a post and select “Archive.” Access these posts or add them back to your profile by tapping the Archive icon in your profile. Photo by @yelldesign

This past weekend I was visiting Boston for my friend's wedding and I decided to go for a ride down memory lane. I biked from my hotel out to Concord to see my high school. It's still just as beautiful as I remember it!

Yesterday, LA Mayor @ericgarcetti visited Instagram HQ to talk to our team about how Instagram helps him connect with Angelenos, strengthen relationships within the LA community, and share his love for his city with the world. It was inspiring to meet Mayor Garcetti because he is one of the most active elected officials on Instagram. We love seeing how he captures his city and its people in his photography and shares his life as Mayor with our community. I’m excited to see how his leadership and hard work continues to shape Los Angeles.

Thanks to Vice Admiral Ted Carter and the United States Naval Academy for hosting me last week in Annapolis. I learned a lot about how the USNA thinks about innovation and leadership, and I was inspired by how they pay tribute to their rich history with traditions. One of their traditions is Senior Capstone Day where seniors show off their engineering projects. My favorite project was by a group of students who built an F1 style race car from scratch (pictured here). It was inspiring to meet this next generation of leaders. I learned so much and I can't wait to bring back lessons of leadership, innovation and tradition to IG.

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