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Instagram has introduced safety features for young ones

Instagram is introducing new policies limiting interactions between teenagers and adults to make its platform safer for young users. The app has banned adults from direct messaging teenagers who don’t follow them and is introducing “safety prompts” that will be shown to teens when they DM adults who have been “exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior.”

Safety prompts will give teenage users the option to report or block adults who are messaging them. The prompts will remind young users not to feel pressured to respond to messages and to “be careful sharing photos, videos, or information with someone you don’t know.”

Notices will appear when Instagram’s moderation systems spot suspicious behaviour from adult users. The company is not sharing detail on how these systems operate but says such suspicious behaviour could include sending “a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18.” The Facebook-owned Instagram says this feature will be available in some countries this month (it did not specify which) and available globally “soon.”

Instagram also says it’s developing new “artificial intelligence and machine learning technology” to try and detect someone’s age when they sign up for an account. Officially, the app requires that users are aged 13 and above, but it’s easy to lie about one’s age. The company said it wants to do “more to stop this from happening” but did not go into any detail about how new machine learning systems might help with this problem.

New teenage users who sign up to Instagram will also now be encouraged to make their profile private. If they choose to create a public account anyway, Instagram will send them a notification later “highlighting the benefits of a private account and reminding them to check their settings.”

Instagram Plans to Launch Multi-Participant Live-Streams Later This Month

While audio live-streaming is having its moment, Instagram is still catching up on the last big live-streaming trend, with Instagram Chief Adam Mosseri revealing that that company is planning to launch multi-participant IG Live video chats within the next few weeks.

Mosseri made the announcement during an interview with Lilly Singh on her talk show ‘A Little Late‘.

As explained by Mosseri:

“We have been working on live groups – finally. […] We’re releasing the ability to go live with more than one other person, so with up to four other people, in the next couple of weeks, which we’re really excited about.”

Mosseri says ‘four other people’ here, but I suspect that was a slip of the tongue, as the available examples only show four people total, meaning three other people in a stream. 

Mosseri also tells Singh that this is an exclusive announcement on her show – but it’s not exactly new.

Instagram actually began testing this functionality in India back in December – with interest in live-streaming on the rise in the Indian market, and Instagram looking to capitalize on the ban on TikTok in the region, it launched a new trial of multi-participant live-streams to boost user interest.

According to mysmartprice, Instagram Live views grew by over 60% in India throughout 2020, and the addition of multi-person streams provides another means to maximize that interest.

More than that, Instagram’s actually been working on the option for almost a year, with Mosseri noting in a Q and A session last March that they were looking to enable more guests in Live broadcasts:

“Right now you can only go live with one other person at a time, we’re looking into if we could expand that, but it’s not clear that that is the most pressing thing that we can add to Live, versus just getting stability up, adding more features, making it available on web, etcetera.”

So it’s actually been a long time coming, and has been in development since before the pandemic. Live-streaming, in general, saw a big rise in 2020, as people sought ways to stay connected amid the various lockdowns and mitigation measures, so no doubt Instagram would have liked to have got the feature out even sooner. But now, it looks set to be launched very soon, providing another means to broadcast, and connect with your Instagram audience.

That could open up a range of possibilities and options. You could conduct interviews, invite fans and customers onto streams, share the stage with influencers, etc. Going live with another person can also feel less intimidating – and as shown by the rise in audio live-stream platforms, people are clearly interested in more authentic, in-the-moment connection at this time.

There’s no definitive date outlined for the launch as yet, but expect an official announcement from IG some time soon.

FACEBOOK LIVE AND INSTAGRAM LIVE UPDATES

Facebook is making some swish changes to enhance their live experience on not only Facebook but Instagram as well.

For Facebook the features are as follows, Facebook ‘Live With’ is back (the ability to bring a guest on via mobile); this feature was there in the past and for some odd reason Facebook quietly removed it), Paid Facebook Live is coming (viewers access via ticketed FB Events); it’s not clear yet if FB will charge a fee and how much, Audio only option for your audience on some FB Pages (shows a toll-free number; I’m seeing this option in Facebook Live Producer); ideal for low bandwidth areas and Donate button coming to FB Live. 

Annnnnnd for Instagram, Instagram live, you can now watch Instagram live via any desktop and you have the ability to save your IG Lives to your IGTV is coming (yay!)

Direct from your bed to the runway to Instagram.

The new #stayathome fashion fare, appears to be strapping a pillow onto yourself with a belt, with the hashtag #quarantinepillowchallenge.

The common trend is to have a minimal background or fun background and have some fun!

But before you ask where did this all begin, It may have started with old Victor & Rolf couture which has been doing the rounds on the meme circuit online..

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-KkZ_qq9Pp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Here are some of my favourites, 

Chic favourites..

Very chic

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-x7qLbA1OV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The red pillow with red shoes in an old villa 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-x-pu_pn10/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Matching eye mask and pillow case..

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-x8FG_jWw-/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

A sparkly number 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-x5eq3J9KV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

And the funny ones

This dude made me laugh

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-x86JTn1dt/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Very arty

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-xzsIGht2O/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Yusss! You got sass!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-x1SykBOgF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

When scrolling through its a big hit in Russia and USA.. wonder when its coming to New Zealand?

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