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Instagram Rolls out New App Updates

The app has also rolled out new camera effects

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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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Facebook Apps Encountering Glitch: Report

Also on Wednesday, Google and its services including Gmail, Maps and Drive went down globally

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Facebook ruled out a cyber attack speculation which started making the rounds when products of its family of apps — WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger — began encountering service outage for nearly eight hours in what appeared to be one of the longest downtimes.

On Wednesday, users across the globe experienced problems sending messages on Messenger and Whatsapp. The social networking giant’s photo-messaging app Instagram also suffered service disruptions.

After users reported about the inconvenience faced by them on the websites and mobile apps, Facebook took to Twitter to respond: “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

The tech major confirmed that the problem was not related to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack.

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” Facebook informed the users, who believed the service disruption could be a “cyber attack”.

Although the users could open Facebook and Instagram mobile apps, they experienced troubles uploading posts, say reports.

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“We’re aware of an issue impacting people’s access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP,” Instagram tweeted.

Earlier in the day, WhatsApp appeared to be fine for many people, but users in India, Bangladesh, Argentina, and more noticed issues with sending messages as the afternoon went on. Users in Brazil were experiencing the most severe outages, The Verge reported.

Users also noted that attempting to use Facebook to sign into apps like Tinder or Spotify was not working either.

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Internet users made their way to Twitter to complain about the hours-long service disruption with hashtags such as “#FacebookDown”, “#InstagramDown” and “#Whatsapp”.

Also on Wednesday, Google and its services including Gmail, Maps and Drive went down globally. (IANS)