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Instagram Adding Support for Videos Shot in Landscape Mode

Earlier in February, the app added previews of IGTV videos as part of the main feeds on the home page

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

In yet another attempt to keep its long-video supporting IGTV feature afloat, Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram has added support for videos shot in landscape mode.

“We’ve heard from creators who want to upload landscape videos for IGTV. Similarly, we’ve heard from viewers who come across landscape videos in IGTV but want to watch them in a more natural way. That’s why we’re announcing support for landscape videos in addition to vertical,” the company wrote in a blog-post on Thursday.

According to Instagram, the step was required to make IGTV more free of a platform for creators to express themselves however they want.

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With a 1-billion user-base worldwide, the app still does not allow web users to post Stories from the desktop. Pixabay

“Landscape has its strengths, especially when it comes to formats like dance and sports which are high motion and often feature a handful of people in frame,” the post said.

Launched in 2018, the long-form video hub IGTV that lives inside both a homescreen button in Instagram as well as a standalone app, has failed to gather the expected response.

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Recently, the Instagram copied TikTok and Snapchat in terms of their use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and interface design on IGTV.

Earlier in February, the app added previews of IGTV videos as part of the main feeds on the home page. (IANS)

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Instagram Removes its ‘Following’ Activity Tab

A user can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict

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

Facebook-owned Instagram is removing its Following tab, the activity feed which displays what posts friends are liking, commenting on and following.

The tab is going away from the app with an update later this week, BuzzFeedNews reported on Monday.

According to Instagram’s head of product Vishal Shah, the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity.

“People didn’t always know that their activity is surfacing. So you have a case where it’s not serving the use case you built if for, but it’s also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up,” said Shah.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Instagram launched its “Following” tab as an early feature back in 2011, long before its Explore tab.

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Recently, Instagram has also rolled out a new mode called “Restrict” globally that will let users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

A user can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict. (IANS)