Instagram Receives Group Video Calling, AR Camera Effects, anti-bulling Features and More

Instagram, the very popular photo sharing platform is rolling a number of new features to improve the security and experience of its users. At the recently held F8 conference, social media giant Facebook that currently owns the photo sharing platform announced that it is rolling out new features like group video calling AR camera effects to the platform. Apart from that, it is also bringing a new anti-bullying feature to minimize social abuse on the platform.

With a no-nuisance policy when it comes to bullying, Instagram is adding a filter to mask offensive comments on the platform. If any of the comments posted on a photo or video on the platform turns out to be offensive or threatening, Instagram will instantly remove them. This feature will be set to ‘On’ by default after it is rolled out, however, users can manually disable the feature by going to Settings>Comments>Automatic Filter and click off.

Instagram is also rolling out a group video calling feature on the platform following the footsteps of Whatsapp that recently enabled this feature. It can be initiated by tapping on the video icon placed in the top left corner of a direct message or group. This new feature once rolled out will enable the users to converse with up to 4 people together.

Next comes the AR camera features. This is similar to the one that is available on Facebook app’s camera effects platform. The AR effects include a number of new face filters and some Augmented Reality based effects that can be added to the photos.

Apart from these features, the explore page on the platform has been redesigned and personalized too to help the users find new accounts to follow easily. The new explore page feature will bring ‘topic channels’ to make the user experience more engaging and find exactly what you need. Also if you like a particular topic, it will also display the related hashtags to find more contents of your choice. Both the AR camera features and the explore page will be rolled out to all the users in the coming weeks.

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