- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Instagram has updated its livestreaming feature to allow users to choose a friend to appear as a guest on a videocast.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company made the announcement on Tuesday via its official blog, apparently to encourage more users to take advantage of the feature by making it a little less “intimidating.”

“Live video helps you share in an authentic way, but sometimes it can be intimidating when you’re on your own,” Instagram said in its blog post. “It’s easy to add a guest while you’re broadcasting. Simply tap the new icon on the bottom right and tap ‘Add’ to invite anyone who’s currently watching. Once they join, you’ll see the screen split into two and your friend pop up right below you.”

Livestreams can be deleted when finished or shared in the “stories” feature by the originating user, Instagram said in the blog post.

Instagram’s parent company Facebook introduced two-person livestreaming in 2016.

 

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