With everyone closing in due to lockdown and losing regular social connections, Instagram new feature co-watching that aims to help users connect through video chat, which will help your Instagram feed With the option of scrolling through video links.
#Instagram launches two new features amid the #coronavirus pandemic. Users can now add a “#StayHome” sticker to their stories to show others how they’re spending their time at home. #Cowatching feature will allow users to view Instagram posts together over video chat.#sourcesoft pic.twitter.com/tdtkfOTwcM— Source Soft Solutions (@SourceSoftSol) March 26, 2020
Instagram new feature co-watching, how it works
- The new feature will enable users to view posts and content on the Insta app while video chatting.
- You can browse through your feeds and share your favorite or saved posts by chatting with your friends or a group of friends via group video chat.
- The collaborative tracking feature, therefore, will help you share your favorite posts while interacting with your friends and others, thus increasing video calls on the app.
- Up to six users can use the Co-watching feature, as reported by TechCrunch.
- You can share feed photos and videos but not IGTV posts. However, if a participant is prevented from viewing the post, it will be disabled for the partner viewing feature.
Access to accurate information
People who search for information about the Coronavirus or COVID-19 on Instagram will begin to see educational messages linked to the World Health Organization and local health ministry resources. We are working fast to make this available globally over the coming weeks.
Instagram has also launched new stickers for people to share accurate information about COVID-19 in stories. These new features include washing your hands, keeping yourself apart from others, and more. They will be available on camera in the coming days.
Over the past few weeks, Instagram has added a notice to the top of the feed for countries affected by Quad 19. The notice includes reliable resources from specialist health organizations. In addition, when people see related hashtags, we highlight the resources of these organizations.
Protecting Your Community
In addition to promoting trusted information throughout our app, Instagram is making several changes to reduce the spread of misinformation.
Instagram will delete the COVID-19 accounts from the account recommendations, and Instagram is working to remove some COVID-19 content from Explore unless posted by a trusted health organization. We will also begin removing content in the feed and stories that have been lied to by third party facts readers.
This is in addition to Instagram’s current policy on misinformation. If the posts have been invalidated by third-party fact-checkers, Instagram removes them from the Explore and Hashtag pages. Instagram also removes false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by world-renowned healthcare organizations and local health authorities as they are likely to harm people who believe them.
Several new policies have already been implemented to prevent people from taking advantage of emergency healthcare. Instagram has banned misleading advertising for products that cite CoVID-19 for the purpose of creating emergency situations, guaranteeing treatment or preventing people from contracting, and Instagram has temporarily advertised and Branded content that promotes certain medical products, including facial masks. In addition, Instagram eliminated the ability to detect AR effects related to COVID-19 until they were ready to partner with a recognized health organization.
@instagram has launched #CoWatching feature lets friends or family members browse through posts one user has Liked or Saved, or posts that are recommended by Instagram on a group video chat, as they remain indoors during #covid_19 outbreak. pic.twitter.com/Lcu0UnAkx0— XiteTech (@xite_tech) March 25, 2020
Stay connected and support societies
To help people support activities, Instagram will create a donation sticker in additional countries and add a new COVID-19 section so people can quickly identify relevant nonprofits.
To help keep people connected, Instagram launched Media Sharing, a new feature that allows you to view Instagram posts with your friends on video chat. You can start a video chat by tapping the video chat icon directly in the inbox or in the current Direct thread, then watch the saved, liked, and suggested photos/videos by tapping the photo icon in the bottom left corner of the ongoing video chat.