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Instagram unveils live video and disappearing photos

Instagram announced on Monday (November 21, 2016) new updates for its Stories and Direct platforms in live video and disappearing photos and videos.

According to Instagram’s blog post, the new live video feature on Instagram Stories will allow users to instantly connect with their friends and followers just by tapping the “Start Live Video” button. While on live, Instagram says that they can pin a comment or turn comments off.

In addition, the company said that it will be easy for users to see if their friend is having a live broadcast. They can also browse for new live stories on Explore.

Meanwhile, Instagram said that the disappearing photos and videos update for Direct gives users a more visual way to connect with their closest friends in one convenient place. And unlike Direct messages, this feature sends ephemeral videos and photos, giving users more freedom to send anything they want.

Live Video on Stories will start rolling out globally over the new few weeks while the disappearing photos and videos on Direct is now rolling out to iOS and Android.

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