Report on Instagram reposting feature not true

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A report has claimed that Instagram is testing new features that may change how your feed looks like.

First reported by The Verge, the social network supposedly was in the works to introduce an option for native reposting. It would allow you to share posts from other Instagram accounts to your own feed.

An Instagram spokesperson told Mashable that this feature is neither in the building nor testing phase of development.

The Verge’s Casey Newton writes that they obtained two screenshots of the feature from an undisclosed source.

The report adds that the “seamless sharing” feature will introduce a “share to feed” button when you open the “…” menu at the top-right corner of a post. The “reshared posts” will appear in the feed below the username and photo of the sharer. Posts can be reshared more than once

Currently, Instagram users have to use third-party apps to repost.

An old subject of rumors, the feature has yet to roll out, as the company has been hesitant to do so. But reposting has long been available on Instagram-parent Facebook and Twitter. In June, Instagram rolled out story sharing so users can repost stories they are tagged in.

Users may not like how the sharing feature works, Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger told Bloomberg in April this year.

“It would make people feel like the content in their feed was not what they had chosen.”

Native reposting can pose problems. Facebook and Twitter are still under investigation for not doing their best to quell fake news and extremist content. Reposting will offer an easier way to share them on Instagram.

Instagram has subdued these type of content. It may not last though.

Hashtag cramming

Aside native reposts, Instagram is reportedly testing features such as splitting hashtags from captions, quiz stickers, “geofencedsharing,” and stories highlight stickers.

TechCrunch reports that parting hashtags from captions may be the cure-all to hashtags that often muddle the bottom of a post.

Jane Manchun Wong found the feature in the Instagram for Android app. A separate button called “Add Hashtags” will appear on the New Post screen, so you can use hashtags without adding them in the caption.

Wong also discovered a feature to choose those locations that can see your post or story. You can add or delete countries where your posts are visible or not.

Wong found a third feature that allows you to share Stories Highlights from other accounts as a sticker in your own story. Instagram confirmed it was testing this feature, but only for public highlights or your own highlights.

Twitter user @WABetaInfo found an introduction of quiz stickers to stories. Your followers have three options to choose from.

 


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Author: Francis Rey

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