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Instagram tests a function that would allow you to repost posts from other users

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The social network has been working on the functionality since approximately May 2022 and is only available to a small group of users. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

After starting the tests functions like the one of stories using both cameras of the smartphones, very similar to the one used in another social network called BeReal, Instagram decided to start testing another feature called ‘Repost’.

This functionality will allow Active users on Instagram to share in their profiles within the social network some publications made by other people, but including the credit of the profile to which they have reposted, something that until now could be done by using a companion app external to Instagram.

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As reported by the TechCrunch website, this feature will also include reposting reels of other users, in addition to the inclusion of the credits corresponding to the creator or creator. Although the start of the Test phase of this feature has not been made official, a representative of Goal indicated that this will be accessible only to selected users.

Instagram tests the Repost feature on selected profiles. (Matt Navarra)
Instagram tests the Repost feature on selected profiles. (Matt Navarra)

“We are exploring the possibility of re-sharing posts in feeds, so that people can post what represents them and original creators have credit for their work, ”said the spokesperson for the technology company to the page.

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The finding of this feature was reported by social media consultant Matt Navarrewho noticed that Instagram had added a new section in the profile of the Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri with an icon similar to the one used in Twitter posts.

Upon entering this tab, Instagram displays a notification that indicates the following:

“Recommend a post that your friends can enjoy by reposting it to your profile or stories.” In addition, it is indicated that the followers of the profile can interact with the shared post. “Start conversations with your followers, who can reply to your repost with a message”

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Instagram tests the Repost feature on selected profiles. (Matt Navarra)
Instagram tests the Repost feature on selected profiles. (Matt Navarra)

For more detail, Instagram indicates that the publications that are shared through the repost function will be placed within a separate tab and that the followers of the profile will be able to see which publications have been shared.

Although the confirmation by an Instagram representative was made in September, the social network has been working on developing this new feature since at least May as a tech expert named Alessandro Paluzzi has been able to observe it ever since and posted details on Twitter of what the feature would look like to users.

Instagram offers more control to users

On the other hand, the social network Goal is developing new ways for users to have more control over what they want to see within their ‘feeds’, so that people minors have a better experience and greater security during your time using the app.

One of these new features is the increased restrictions that are given to the profiles of young people under 16 years of age, who have the ‘Less’ option activated automatically.

For current users, Instagram will offer a review of your Instagram account settings. This includes options to control who can reshare their content, who is allowed to message them, and also the amount of time they spend on Instagram.

Instagram seeks to make the experience of underage users on the social network safer and free of cases of harassment or sensitive content. (Getty Images)
Instagram seeks to make the experience of underage users on the social network safer and free from cases of harassment or sensitive content. (Getty Images)

In this way, the platform searches reduce cases of bullying and the exposure of minors to sensitive content in a context in which its algorithm prioritizes more the interaction of people with different content and profiles.

Depending on the platform, one way to personalize the experience and engage with a specific type of content depends on how likely a person is to take an action when viewing a post. The more likely it is that some type of interaction will be generated, the content will be shown higher in the ‘feed’ and more frequently, something that also applies in the case of accounts of minors.

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