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Instagram Rolling out New Design on its Stories Option

It remains unclear exactly how many global regions has the feature reached already

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram has quietly rolled out a new design on its Stories option in India.

The semi-circular selector wheel design, spotted this week, has reduced and categorised the previous eight camera options to three — Live, Camera and Create — along with the flash option at the centre of the screen.

The Live feature arranges Augmented Reality (AR) filters in the semi-circular format.

Towards its left, the Camera option displays Hands-Free, Forward, Superzoom and Boomerang options along with the AR filters on its right.

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Chiara Valenzano, right, photographs her food as she has lunch with her friend Giulia Terranova at the ‘This is not a Sushi bar’ restaurant, in Milan, Italy, Oct. 16, 2018. At the restaurant, payment can be made according to the number of Instagram followers one has. VOA

The Create option lays out options including Tap to Type, Ask me a question, polls and countdown.

Reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong had spotted the design first earlier in March.

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“Instagram is working on new ‘Stories’ user-interface, inspired from mechanical circular mode switcher in DSLRs,” Wong had tweeted.

It remains unclear exactly how many global regions has the feature reached already. (IANS)

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Instagram All-Set To Begin ‘Hide Like Counts’ for US Users

The social media network earlier said that the initiative aims to remove pressure on users who are concerned about the reach of their posts and impressions

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Instagram has been running tests where it hides like counts on posts in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. Pixabay

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is set to test ‘hide like counts’ for some US users as early as next week.

The announcement was made by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri at a Wired event in San Francisco on Friday, The Verge reported.

The social media network earlier said that the initiative aims to remove pressure on users who are concerned about the reach of their posts and impressions.

“We want people to worry a little bit less about how many likes they’re getting on Instagram and spend more time connecting with the people that they care about,” Mosseri said during a conference in California, back in April.

Instagram has been running tests where it hides like counts on posts in Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is set to test ‘hide like counts’ for some US users as early as next week. Pixabay

Additionally, Facebook is also running a test of hiding like counts in Australia.

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“We are running a limited test where like, reaction and video view counts are made private across Facebook,” a spokesperson of this social media platform said at the time. (IANS)