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Instagram introduces new feature

Instagram just dropped a new feature: an option that allows four people to livestream together. Live Room, the company announced on Monday, is introducing Live Rooms. “Previously, you could go live with only one other person in a stream, but we’re now letting you “double up” on your live broadcast,” it wrote.

The social media platform claims it is hoping to “open up more creative opportunities”. You could:

  • Start a talk show,
  • host a jam session,
  • co-create with other artists,
  • host tutorials with your following, or
  • just hang out with more of your friends.

Announcing the new feature on Twitter, Instagram tweeted from its official account saying, “Today we’re launching a “Support Small Business” sticker in stories so you can show love to your favorite small businesses. Use it and your photo or video will be added to a shared story where friends can see which businesses you support.”

Want to try it out? Here are the steps:

1. To start a Live Room, swipe left and pick the Live camera option.

2. Add a title and tap the Rooms icon to add your guests. You’ll see people who have requested to go live with you, and you can also search for a guest to add.

“We want to do everything we can to support small businesses right now, whether that”s building new tools to help them stay in touch with customers or giving people the power to easily show their love to businesses they care about,” said Instagram COO Justin Osofsky said in a statement.

Facebook will also post COVID-19 related information on its platforms including Instagram, along with tools and tips for small scale businesses. The information can be obtained by the businesses through the Facebook app or their Instagram handles.

Can you block people?

Yes, says Instagram. People who are blocked by any of the active participants in the Live Room will not be able to join the Live.

If someone violates Community Guidelines and they have access revoked won’t be able to join the conversation either.

Other features to know about

Instagram assures users that the usual options that allow for regulation will remain. “Features that are currently available to Live hosts, such as the ability to report and block comments, and apply comment filters will also be available to hosts of Live Rooms,” it says.

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