INSTAGRAM is stopping some users from posting feed photos on their stories.
This is especially annoying for people who like to post a new photo and then use a story to promote it.
Some users across the world have received this notificationCredit: Instagram
Instagram even has “new post” Gifs especially for this reason.
However, some users are now seeing a message pop up on the app which states: “Testing a Change to Sharing Stories.
“We hear from our community that they want to see fewer feed posts in stories.
“During this test, you won’t be able to add a feed post to your story.”
The Instagram trial is taking place at the same time as Twitter testing sharing tweets to Instagram storiesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
It’s unclear how many people will be participating in the test or how long it’s happening for.
We have reached out to Instagram for comment.
The test is only said to be happening in “selected countries”.
If you haven’t received the notification already then it’s likely you’re not part of the current test.
Instagram users who are affected won’t be able to share feed posts to their stories.
However, they could still technically screenshot a post and upload it that way.
Many businesses, artists and influencers use the feature to make it more likely you’ll see their posts.
Some may now struggle to engage as much because Instagram’s algorithm is known to favour friends and family.
In a completely different move, Twitter is currently trialling the ability to share tweets to Instagram stories in the form of stickers.
Instagram – the key facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
In other news, influencers have been told not to add misleading filters to social media adverts by the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK.
Twitch streamer Indiefoxx has been banned from the platform again over strict nudity rules.
And, Netflix is trialling a viewing timer feature that can pause an episode for you if you fall asleep.
Can you still share posts on your Instagram Stories? Let us know in the comments…
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