Instagram has stopped testing the screenshot notification for when users take a screenshot of your Story.
Back in February, the world got spooked. Not because of some natural disaster or a violent war. It was because Instagram started testing screenshot notifications for stories. The photo-sharing social network didn’t specify who and which part of the world were being tested either. Only that it was a “small group of people”.
“We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you,” Instagram said at the time.
Users who tried to take screenshot got a warning the first time they did the “the deed”. “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see it.”
It then showed a unique symbol in the viewer list for those friends who took a snap of your story. This is unlike Snapchat who actually sends out a notification when a screenshot is taken on a public or a private story.
But now, we all can breath again. The Facebook-owned service has released a statement to Buzzfeed News about its decision to terminate the test. This ends the months-long speculation of whether your snooping days are over.
The company however, did not elaborate on why it decided not to roll out the feature. But it likely had to do with user engagement. Care to make some guesses?
Instagram posts are now shareable in Stories, showing up as stickers.
After rolling out changes for Instagram meant for business such as action buttons, the company is now unveiling a new feature for all users.
Instagram now lets you share public posts to your Stories, eliminating the need to screenshot posts for sharing. This feature is now available to Android users and is coming to iOS users soon.
Android users can find this feature under the share option in posts. To use it, click the share button (that paperplane looking thing) below the post. You will see the new Create a story with this post option. Clicking that will bring you to your Stories section, where the post will appear as a sticker. It works the same way with other stickers, allowing users to scale, rotate and move them around.
This new feature also gives due credit to the original poster of an image. When you share a post, the original user’s handle will appear below the sticker. Users can click it to go that user’s profile and see the original post.
Do take note that you can only share posts from public accounts. If you don’t like users sharing your own posts, you can also choose not to disable this in the settings.
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The popular social networking app now lets you share multiple photos and videos on your stories.
This week, Instagram announced the latest feature added to their Stories: the ability to upload multiple photos and videos.
Although the Stories feature of Instagram initially started as a way for people to post random and unfiltered stuff, it’s not the case now. A lot of users now edit their videos and photos using third-party apps before adding them to their stories. Of course, there would also be times when there’s no data signal so posting the pictures and videos would be next to impossible. It can be time-consuming (and annoying) to have to upload them one by one.
The latest update solves that by letting you choose a bunch of photos and videos and uploading all the media at once. Currently the update is only for Android phones but according to the company, it will be coming to iOS “in the coming weeks.”
To do this, simply click the new icon in the top right corner of the screen. Once tapped, your photo gallery will be displayed and up 10 photos can be selected. After choosing the photos, you can see a preview of how they all look before posting them. You can also add the usual text, stickers, hashtags, GIFS to each individual photo before uploading them.
One other update that came to the Stories is the location tagging. When you share an image or a video, Instagram will automatically suggest places around where it was captured. This makes it easier to add locations to your uploads.
The image-sharing app brings back GIFs to Instagram Stories but with tighter moderation.
Earlier this year, Instagram (and Snapchat) partnered with Giphy to allow users to add GIFs to their Stories. However, the Giphy sticker feature was removed after a user found a racist GIF in early March. The GIF appeared when someone searched for the word “Crime”.
Once informed, Giphy immediately took down the sticker. “After investigation of the incident, this sticker was available due to a bug in our content moderation filters specifically affecting GIF stickers,” the company explained. Snapchat and Instagram took immediate actions and suspended the GIF feature.
According to TechCrunch, the bug has since been resolved. Giphy assures that the offending sticker has been deleted and their entire library was “re-moderated four times”. They also added another level of GIPHY moderation before each sticker is approved into their library.
In a statement, Giphy has apologised for the incident. “We take full responsibility for this recent event and under no circumstances does GIPHY condone or support this kind of content.”
With these added measures, Instagram has re-enabled GIFs in their Stories again. “We’ve been in close contact with Giphy throughout this process and we’re confident that they have put measures in place to ensure that Instagram users have a good experience.”