WhatsApp bringing group video calls, video chat coming to Instagram

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In 2012, Facebook announced Open Graph, a feature that automatically posted songs you're listening to, stories you're reading and other activity, directly to your Facebook feed.

Video chats are just one of the many new features coming to the app.

These features although are still in the testing process, however, it becomes clear that Instagram is adding new features and making the app more user-friendly.

For example, Instagrammers will be able to try out Kylie Jenner's favorite lipstick colors in their selfies; add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians from Jiffpom; or turn any video into an NBA "DunkCam" moment.

"This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person's appearance or character, as well as threats to a person's well-being or health", the Instagram team wrote Tuesday. You can launch a video call just by tapping the new camera icon on the top of a thread. But users said they also want to engage in real-time video sessions in smaller, private groups.

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An Instagram blog post announcing the feature also noted that "you don't have to connect your Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories". Instagram says the new design aims to make discovery easier, and that the update will be out in the "coming weeks". Explore is keeping the custom-tailored content for each user, but Instagram is also looking to divvy up the feed into topic channels.

Finally, the Explore section of the Instagram app is getting a refresh with some AI power thrown in, via TechCrunch. This announcement comes about a month after Snapchat revealed a video chat feature of its own.

Instagram will also add AR camera effects that were brought to Facebook past year.

For the first time, Instagram will let apps post content directly into Instagram Stories (a feature that also will be coming to Facebook Stories). The app will also allow for group chats to spark up a conversation. If you see a new sticker or filter, you can hit "Try it on", and you'll be able to test it out. More apps are expected to announced compatibility in the near future. We plan to expand this feature and gradually roll out M suggestions for translations to people using Messenger in the USA in the coming weeks.

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