Instagram Rolling Out Live Video in Stories, Disappearing Photos & Video in Direct Messages


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Instagram‘s CEO recently confirmed that live video would be landing on the social network soon enough, and it turns out that was right around the corner.

Instagram is now officially rolling out an update that brings support for live video, and also a few other key features that will look quite similar to what’s available on competing platforms. The first part of the big update is live video, which is embedded as part of the “Stories” feature within the app. Instagram says it will help users connect to friends and others in real-time, and that when the live video feed is cut, the video will disappear.

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“Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime.”

To go live, simply swipe right from the feed to access the camera. There’s an option right there on the screen to “Start Live Video” which will allow users to share a live video for up to one hour. A notification will be sent out to friends when a user goes live, too. Comments can be pinned, or turned off altogether if the host prefers.

Instagram says the new live video feature will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks.

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The other new addition is disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct, the service’s version of direct messages. Here’s how that works:

“Swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately. You can choose a group or create one in just a few taps — and you can also send to individual friends at the same time. Send anything you want, from inside jokes to your worst selfies. Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. And you’ll see if they replayed it or took a screenshot.”

Instagram says the disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct will begin rolling out globally beginning today.

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