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The app has also rolled out new camera effects

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It also appears that to react -- and to get emoji reactions -- both the user and the uploader must have the updated version of Instagram installed on their devices. Pixabay
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Facebook-owned Instagram has rolled out its new updates, including a video chat option, “topic channels” in the “Explore” section and new camera effects for “Stories.”

Over one billion Instagram users will now have access to the “video chat” feature in the “Direct” messages section, along with options to block and mute users and multitask on the app while video-chatting.

The update to the “Explore” section comes with “newer ways to discover your interests on Instagram,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

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Users would be able to navigate through posts by grid-swiping and scrolling options and browse through the “For You” channel that would consist of posts, based on user-interest, along with the option to “mute” channels of less relevance.

The app has also rolled out new camera effects.

The photo-messaging app has launched the new updates for both, iOS and Android users, the post added. (IANS)

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Instagram Stories get Facebook-Like Emoji Reactions

Earlier, in June, the Facebook-owned platform silently rolled out a smaller version of the app "Instagram Lite" allowing users to save space on their phone and download it quickly

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It also appears that to react -- and to get emoji reactions -- both the user and the uploader must have the updated version of Instagram installed on their devices. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a new feature that allows users to react to “Stories” with emojis, just as they can react on Facebook.

The feature being tested in the latest version of the app shows six emojies — clapping hands; laughing with tears; heart-eyes; shocked/surprised; sad; and fire.

It also appears that to react — and to get emoji reactions — both the user and the uploader must have the updated version of Instagram installed on their devices.

When asked about the test, an Instagram spokesperson gave IANS an affirmative answer.

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Instagram has also rolled out a plethora of new features to the app in recent times. Pixabay

“We are testing a way to make it easier to interact and get closer with your friends on Instagram,” the spokesperson said in an email on Thursday.

Also Read: Instagram Begins Question-Answer Option in ‘Stories’

Earlier, in June, the Facebook-owned platform silently rolled out a smaller version of the app “Instagram Lite” allowing users to save space on their phone and download it quickly.

Instagram has also rolled out a plethora of new features to the app in recent times, including the “emoji slider”, polls, and the newly added “Ask me a question” feature that allows users to answer questions on “Stories” in an open-ended format. (IANS)

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