Instagram launches Live Rooms globally

As of today, social-media platform Instagram comes up with live streaming expansion featuring Live Rooms, which could allow up to four participants to use the live stream at the same time. Released globally, the feature works like Instagram Live, but this could be much more useful when it comes to collaborations like group works, conferences, and meetings at work and at home, as TechTimes notes.

The brand-new update led Instagram to come at par with Clubhouse, an audio-only based platform, and Twitter's Spaces. This could potentially take live streaming to a new level since it could engage more users in social media from a business perspective. The prospective persons who could benefit from this feature will be the artists and celebrities who can promote the brands or works that they want to advertise on Instagram.

When using Live Rooms, you can feel the ease of being directly connected to others through the platform. You can just swipe left and click the Live option on the home screen. If you want to select the people you want to participate in the live stream, you can name it then click the users you want to add as guests, according to Instagram in its blog post on 1 March.

Since social media problems like harassment often get into the way of the platform, Instagram decided to allow the user to have the option to block a participant from viewing the stream. Furthermore, the blocked viewer will not be able to enter the room even as a guest. For a much safer interaction, the app also said that comments can also be filtered and reported, like in the case of the previous Live feature.

In addition, the feature also boasts badges, a decoration that viewers of Live Rooms can buy, which can cost around $1 to $5. Through this miscellaneous addition, their usernames can appear much more appealing in chat.

According to a previous report by Reuters, Instagram could soon embrace other live transcription tools, which could be used in moderating troublesome broadcasts. Twitter is also looking for the same type of moderation for Spaces. If the tools are not applicable, the platform could utilise AI to filter undesirable live streams.

According to an email written by a spokesperson from Instagram, the company has continuously developed moderator controls and other features to be released in the next few months. Besides, there need to be some actions taken seriously since taking down a stream will not always result in its removal.

In 2019, a live-stream video of a mass ambush was caught on Facebook's broadcast feature. The video garnered more than 4,000 views before it was deleted, but the company insisted that the live stream only has less than 200 views. However, later on reports showed that there were 300,000 saved video copies and users were still able to penetrate the filters.

Facebook was sued, together with YouTube, as the content is a sparkplug of violence and terrorism. Under the human rights law, such content could trigger hostility among people regardless of their race, religion, and other demographic classifications.

This is something that Live Rooms wants to avoid: the spread of misinformation and disinformation. Instagram said that it would keep its content much safer while promoting socialisation to all users.

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