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Instagram will Now Notify your Friends when You take Screenshot of their Direct Messages

To use the new feature, a user can swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately

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Nov 26, 2016: With the roll-out of a new update, Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram will now notify your friends when you take a screenshot of their Direct Messages (DM) – just like its rival Snapchat, a media report said.

However, the notifications are only for the new disappearing message feature, Mashable reported.

To use the new feature, a user can swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately.

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A user can choose a group or create one in just a few taps – and can also send to individual friends at the same time.

According to Instagram’s statement, “Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. And you will see if they replayed it or took a screenshot.”

Also, you can take a screenshot of your feed and Instagram will pop a new window down saying, “You can share this post with your friends” – offering a user a few ways to officially share the image if you tap the button. (IANS)

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IGTV is Instagram’s Answer to YouTube

Not just celebrities, IGTV will let all users be a creator and let them upload vertical videos through Instagram's app or the web

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Aiming to take on Google-owned YouTube, popular photo-sharing platform Instagram announced it would allow users to upload videos up to one hour in length, up from the previous one-minute limit, adding that it has hit the milestone of one billion users worldwide.

“We launched IGTV (a button inside the Instagram home screen, as well as a standalone app) at an event featuring many of the Instagram creators who’ll make it great,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday.

Not just celebrities, IGTV will let all users be a creator and let them upload vertical videos through Instagram’s app or the web.

IGTV, Instagram's answer to YouTube, is here
IGTV, Instagram’s answer to YouTube, is here. Pixabay

“It is a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favourite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY posting her newest project or King Bach sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a standalone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it,” the company added.

Notably, the longer-form, vertical video service — which will work as a bolt-on feature to Instagram as well as having a standalone app of its own — is very important to parent company Facebook.

Also Read: Instagram Now Lets You Repost a Story You’re Tagged In

With IGTV, Instagram, as it has done in the past, is copying features pioneered by others. It assumes that its immense scale and resources can make its version the winner, even if it is well late to the party, according to BBC. (IANS)