Facebook and Snapchat have quite firmly been some of the best apps for sharing video for some time now, but today Instagram announced that they are also going to be entering this market, allowing users to stream live video and more with a recent update.

Live video streaming will be launched as part of Instagram Stories, the section that shows content that only lasts 24 hours, but unlike the current content, live streams will be marked as a Live badge on top of your friend’s Instagram Stories icon.

You will also be able to receive notifications about a live video that has been started by someone who you interact with regularly.

It’s not available just yet, however, Instagram said that it will be rolling out to users over the next few months, with select people getting the integration from today.

They have also added more features to the Instagram Direct private messaging feature, which will now allow you to send your friends photos and videos that have a timer on them and will disappear upon completion of that timer, however, you will also be able to replay the message once.

You will also be able to add filters and doodles to this shared content.

Instagram has also gone a bit further than this, sending you an alert if the person you sent the message to took a screenshot.

The rollout of disappearing photos and videos in Instagram Direct will roll out to users on iOS and Android from Monday.

You can read more about the launch at the source link below.

Source: Instagram Blog

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