Instagram users would be delighted to know that they can now share a live video as a direct message.
The photo and video-sharing site announced the rollout of the new function in a blog post on Thursday.
How It Works
When a user goes live, he or she just taps the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen, and then he or she can send the video to friends.
“You’ll also have this option when going live with a friend. Once sent, the recipient will see your live video in their Direct inbox. Friends can only view your video if you’re currently live. If your live video is over, your friend will see a message saying the video has ended.
Those who are only viewing the live video can send the clip to another friend in Direct.
While watching a live video, the viewer will tap the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen and choose who he or she wants to send it to.
A user can disable the option to send live videos in Direct in the Stories settings.
If a user’s account is private, only his or her followers can view the live video.
Instagram had been tweaking its functions since it was acquired by Facebook in 2012.
The platform is testing a separate app for direct messaging.
For now, the direct messaging app – which was first noticed by The Verge – is available in Uruguay, Chile, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, and Israel.
And just last month, Instagram introduced a feature that allows users to join a follower’s broadcast.
Instagram now lets users send a live video as a direct message.
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