The first new feature is live video for Instagram Stories, which is pretty self-explanatory. They also have controls to hide comments and block or report anyone who harasses them. And this feature is entirely in keeping with the plans of Instagram's parent company, Facebook, which has been emphasizing live video over the past year. The Live Video will now be a part of the Stories, and just like other Stories on the app, it will also disappear after 24 hours. Direct has 300 million monthly active users who can now share ephemeral photos and videos with individual friends or groups, just like they can on Snapchat. And in case you are wondering, disappearing messages will notify you when someone takes a screenshot of the message - just like Snapchat does.
The new live video feature seems to operate similarly to live video on Facebook, except Instagram says it doesn't save live footage post-broadcast. There is a "Top Live Videos" section, to be curated from its 100 million daily active users.
The revamped Instagram direct should be available to all users within the next day or so.
The photo and video sharing site says the update keeps regular direct messages the same and adds a more visual way to connect with your closest friends - all in one convenient place. Also drawing inspiration from parent company Facebook, Instagram is adding two new features that will really make the app the whole shebang. And if one of your followers screenshots your Instagram Story live video, Instagram will let you know via a Notification. And next, you can tap on the arrow button to share this privately with your friends.
A new paper air plane icon is being added to the app as an inbox for this content.
With the new update, Instagram wants their users to have a more visual way of connecting with their closest friends and family.
When you are following someone, and they start a live story, you can see a "Live" under their profile in the stories bar.