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Instagram Working on a New ‘Stories’ Feature

Instagram now working on disappearing text messages, just like Snapchat

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Instagram is working on "mode" where messages disappear. Pixabay

Facebook-owned Instagram is also working on a Snapchat like ephemeral ‘Stories’ feature where users can let their posts disappear in some time. This is a technology news.

First spotted by reverse engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong, who found code in Instagram’s Android app labelled with a “speak no evil” emoji, the feature is now a popular test among social media platforms, including Twitter.

Wong found that messages sent in a new dark mode disappear when the chat is closed.

“Instagram is working on “mode” where messages disappear. It seems to be in an early barebone version but I tried my best to demonstrate how it might work,” Jane Manchun Wong tweeted.

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Instagram is also working on a Snapchat like ephemeral ‘Stories’ feature where users can let their posts disappear in some time. Pixabay

In a statement to CNET on Thursday, Instagram said: “We’re always exploring new features to improve your messaging experience. This feature is still in early development and not testing externally just yet”.

Taking inspiration from Snapchat “Stories”, Twitter has started testing its own version of disappearing posts called “Fleets”.

The test confirms that Twitter has become the latest major social media platform to take a liking for disappearing posts first popularised by Snapchat.

The test of “Fleets” began in Brazil on Wednesday, Twitter said, adding that it started testing the new way of having conversations as some people feel insecure to tweet because the posts are public, permanent and exhibit public engagement counts — likes and retweets.

If the test yields the desired results, Twitter plans to make Fleets available in other countries as well.

The ‘Fleets’ disappear after 24 hours and and they have no retweets, likes or public comments.

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Like tweets, Fleets are based primarily on text, but people can include videos, GIFs or photos in them.

Different versions of disappearing posts are already available across all other major social networks including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and YouTube. (IANS)

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Facebook, Instagram Goes Down For PC and Desktop Users in UK

On WhatsApp, the users reported problems were with sending or receiving messages, followed by connection issues

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"Desktop browser Facebook been slow for a few days & now won't load pages or login ... mobile version works fine!" says one user. Pixabay

Facebook and Instagram went down for the PC and desktop users in the UK on Sunday evening although mobile access was in perfect shape.

Several users took to Twitter, saying they could not access the social networking platform as well as its photo-sharing app on desktops. Both the platforms were up after couple of hours of downtime, reports outage tracking website Downdetector.

Several people replied to DownDetector UK’s official account to report which areas Facebook was down in. “Facebook is having issues since 5:24 PM BST. RT if it’s down for you as well #Facebookdown,” posted DownDetector.

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“Desktop browser Facebook been slow for a few days & now won’t load pages or login … mobile version works fine!” replied one user. The social media giant was yet to update its users why this happened.

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Facebook and Instagram went down for the PC and desktop users in the UK on Sunday evening although mobile access was in perfect shape. Pixabay

“I can still access it on my mobile but not on my PC, even though both going through the same router,” tweeted one user. On April 2, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for millions of users in North and South America and Europe.

The frequently reported problems on Facebook were with images, according to Downdetector. Some people also had issues with News Feed and logging in. On Instagram, the majority of issues were with News Feed.

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On WhatsApp, the users reported problems were with sending or receiving messages, followed by connection issues. (IANS)