Facebook is a bit embattled these days (maybe you’ve heard) but that didn’t stop Mark Zuckerberg from putting on his game face and introducing a number of new features for Instagram at the company’s annual F8 developer’s conference today.
Here’s what’s new for Instagram:
Share to Instagram Stories from other apps. Several apps, including GoPro and Spotify to start, will send content directly to Instagram’s camera where you can edit and add to your story or send it via Direct. You don’t have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories.
Third party camera effects. Instagram will let third party developers create camera effects that users can try for themselves. If you see an effect you like in Stories from an account you follow and want to try it yourself, just tap “Try it on” and the tool will be added to your tray.
Video chats. You’ll notice a new camera icon at the top of a Direct thread–tap it, and you’ll be brought into a video chat. You can chat one-on-one or with a small group. This is currently in the testing phase and Instagram promises a global rollout “soon.”
Topic channels in Explore. The Explore tab is being reorganized to focus on content channels.
The company is also rolling out a bullying filter intended to cut down on online harassment.The new filter hides comments “containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health,” the company said. The filter is on by default but can be disabled in the Comment Controls center in the app.
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