Facebook-owned Instagram, the popular photo-sharing platform is getting a makeover, and along with it, new features are also being rolled out. At the F8 2018 conference, Facebook announced group video calling, AR camera effects, updated Explorer page and app integration features for the platform. The social media giant is also rolling out new anti-bullying feature in the comments section.
Taking a strong stance on bullying, Instagram is adding a filter for offensive comments. If the comments have threatening remarks, Instagram will remove them. The feature is currently being rolled out, and will be set to ‘On’ by default. However, users can head over to Settings > Comments and switch Automatic Filter Off.
Along with WhatsApp, Instagram is also getting a group video calling feature. It can be initiated by tapping on the video icon on the top left corner of a Direct Message or Group window. Facebook did offer a small teaser demonstrating how the feature will work, and you can chat with up to four people in a conversation session. The feature will ‘soon’ be rolling out globally.
Next is AR effects, something similar to what we have seen on Facebook app’s camera effects platform. The AR effects include a range of face filters, and other augmented reality-based effects that you can add.
The new Explore page has been redesigned and personalized for every user to discover new accounts and people to follow. While the current version shows a feed, the update will categorize into ‘topic channels’ allowing you to browse with more direction. And in case you find a topic you like, you’ll be able to see the related hashtags too. Both the AR effects and Explore page will be ‘rolling out in the coming weeks.’
Instagram is also adding app integration for stories, starting with GoPro and Spotify. With Spotify integration, you get song sticker with album artwork and a link to the full song on Spotify. You can set it as your Story, or send as a direct message to your friends on the platform.
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Next is GoPro integration where you can choose a clip from the GoPro app, re-center, trim and crop videos and images, and then share them as your stories. The sharing is locally done on your device, and you will have to link your GoPro account with Instagram. The feature is already rolling up with the latest update.