Instagram rolls out video chat, Explore redesign, AR effects, bullying comments filter

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Facebook announced a slew of new features, including video chat, an Explore page redesign, AR effects, and a bullying comments filter, at the company’s 2018 F8 conference on Tuesday.

Video Chat

Video chat allows you to talk to more than one person. You can also minimize the chat screen to scroll through your feeds.

“You’re going to be able to just tap on a new camera icon in the top of any direct thread that you have and you’re going to be able to video chat one-on-one or with groups,” Zuckerberg explained.

 

instagram video chat

Instagram video chat. Image by Instagram.

Explore Redesign

Instagram has redesigned the Explore page so you can pick topics, rather than see recommended content only. Topics include animals, nail art, and slime.

Instagram Explore redesign

Instagram Explore redesign

AR effects

Instagram will adopt the augmented reality effects from Facebook. You can now create face filters and effects and try other filters used by other accounts in their Stories feed.

Third parties and brands will also have their own filters. Zuckerberg said Instagram teamed up with Ariana Grande, BuzzFeed, Kylie Jenner, the NBA, and several others for custom filters.

Stories now has an option to integrate with apps like Spotify and GoPro. For instance, you can share a song you are listening to from Spotify to your Stories feed. Before, you only had an option to post a screenshot.

Bullying Comments Filter

To keep Instagram safe, the company has added a feature to filter bullying comments. It will ban language seen as harassment using AI and machine learning.

Instagram says the filter is on by default, but you can turn it off at the “Comment Controls” center in the app.

 

Instagram bullying comments filter

Instagram bullying comments filter

 

“Starting today, Instagram will filter bullying comments intended to harass or upset people in the Instagram community. To be clear: we don’t tolerate bullying on Instagram,” Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder and CEO, said on the official Instagram blog.

“Our Community Guidelines have always prohibited bullying on our platform, and I’m proud to announce this next step in our ongoing commitment to keeping Instagram an inclusive, supportive place for all voices.”

Instagram rolled out an offensive comment filter last year. It hides toxic, divisive comments aimed at at-risk groups.

The bullying comments filter hides posts that attack the character, well-being, or appearance of a person.

Systrom said the filter will alert Instagram of repeated offenders so they can take appropriate measures.

Instagram will also expand its policies against the bullying of young public figures.

“Protecting our youngest community members is crucial to helping them feel comfortable to express who they are and what they care about,” Systrom added.

“Since Mike and I founded Instagram, it’s been our goal to make it a safe place for self-expression and to foster kindness within the community. This update is just the next step in our mission to deliver on that promise.”

Instagram will host a Kindness Prom this Saturday to celebrate people who spread positivity in the platform.


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Author: Francis Rey

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