Instagram has reportedly tested adding a moderator to live videos; Stories may soon have a Like button

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Instagram plans to bring a new feature that allows users to add a moderator to a live video. At present, only the user who has started the live on the social network can manage it. The upcoming feature for Instagram was first spotted by a notable developer on Twitter. According to him, the functionality is in the testing phase. Additionally, Instagram is said to introduce the ability to like stories. Both features should take some time to reach the mainstream.

Celebrity developer Alessandro Paluzzi (@ alex193a) with a series of mockups on Twitter has suggested Instagram is working on a new feature that allows creators to add a moderator when making live videos. However, the screenshot shared by Paluzzi shows that the social media platform will allow the creator to add a single moderator to a live video from their “who’s watching” list. At present, only the host who started the live can manage it. The main purpose of a moderator is to help the live host manage comments. With the feature coming soon, the moderator will be able to turn off comments, upload requests, questions, and more, according to a 9to5Mac report.

Additionally, Instagram would test the likelihood of liking the stories. Instagram reportedly began testing this feature in August of this year. A new screenshot shared by Paluzzi in a separate tweet shows what the Like button will look like in the viewer list. Currently, users can only react to Stories, which appear in their direct messages. It’s unclear when the Like feature will be publicly available on Instagram, but the developers are reportedly working on it.

The Meta-owned photo sharing platform (formerly Facebook) recently added a bunch of new features. Collaborations, launched in October, allow two users to post the same content in a shared fashion. Users can co-author thread and spool posts with others and both names of the creators will appear on the post header. Instagram also recently launched support for users to post photos and videos from web browsers.


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Nithya P Nair is a journalist with over five years of experience in digital journalism. She specializes in business and technology beats. Greedy at heart, Nithya loves exploring new places (reading kitchens) and sneaking into the dialogue of Malayalam films to spice up conversations. Following

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