London, Jan 18, 2017: A month after photo-sharing app Instagram launched live video streaming in the US, the feature has now been expanded to Britain.
According to a report in Engadget, people in Britain can now swipe across into the camera and select “Live” mode.
“The feature is making its debut on this side of the Atlantic — as well as in Germany, France, Brazil, Canada and Japan — helping to build out Instagram’s burgeoning stories platform,” the report noted.
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Unlike Facebook and Twitter’s Periscope, real-time videos on Instagram are designed to be ephemeral which means they will disappear as soon as recording ends.
Users can also hide live video from certain people, such as parents or co-workers. They can leave comments and tap the ‘Heart’ button to send floating hearts into view. (IANS)
Apple has removed an app called “Like Patrol” that stalked users on Instagram and allowed those who downloaded it to scrape information from the Facebook-owned platform about the activity of other users.
“Like Patrol” was removed from the Apple App Store, following Instagram’s delivery of a cease-and-desist letter to the app’s developers for violating its policies against data collection, CNET reported on Monday.
“Scraping violates our policies, and we take action against companies who we find to be engaging in it. Like Patrol was scraping people’s data, so we are taking appropriate enforcement action against them,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Apple said the app violated its guidelines.
Sergio Luis Quintero, founder of “Like Patrol”, was quoted as saying that they will fight to get back on the App Store.
“We strongly believe that our app does not violate Apple policies, we plan to appeal this decision in the coming days,” he said.
The app is not available in the Google Play Store for Android.
In October, Instagram killed its own ‘Following’ tab that allowed people to see what posts and accounts their friends were interacting with.