Instagram's Live Stories Tool Goes Global
Jan 24, 2017, 12:13 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Instagram today said the live stories video feature it announced in November should begin reaching users around the globe over the next week. Instagram fans in the U.S. have had access to live stories since December. Live video lets users broadcast live video to their followers through the Stories section of the app. Followers may opt to receive notifications when people share live video, and live video is visibly earmarked as such. People may leave comments throughout the video's duration, but live video is not stored or saved in users' feeds. Live video is also visible in the Explore tab. Instagram is free to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
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