Instagram is reportedly eliminating the swipe-up gesture to access links in Stories and replacing it with stickers. Some users have reported that they have received an in-app notification informing them of this change and that it will be implemented from August 30th. Users who post stories from Instagram can add links to them, and viewers can use the swipe-up gesture while watching the story to access the link. At the moment, Instagram has not shared details about this change.
Jane Manchun Wong, Reverse Application Engineer (@wongmjane) pointed on Twitter, Instagram will remove the slide links feature as of Aug. 30 and replace it with a new link sticker option. Later, YouTuber Sam Sheffer posted a print Screen of the message users are apparently getting from Instagram.
“From August 30th, the sliding links will disappear. To add a link to your story, use the new link sticker”, read the message. This message hasn’t reached all Instagram users yet, so it’s unclear if this will be a global release.
When adding an Instagram story, a verified Instagram user can add a link to the story that viewers of the story can access using a swipe-up gesture, hence the term ‘swipe-up links’. With the new ‘link sticker’ option, it looks like users will be able to place these stickers with embedded links anywhere in history. Users will likely also be able to choose from a variety of stickers.
Gadgets 360 has contacted Instagram to clarify this development and will update this space when we receive a response.
Earlier this month, Facebook’s proprietary social networking platform announced a set of new features aimed at protecting people from abuse on its platform. This gives users the ability to limit comments and direct messages (DM) during peak attention spans. Stronger warnings will be given when users try to post offensive language.
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