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In a latest development, Instagram might be getting ready to add live video to its app. Screenshots published by a Russian publication Friday appear to show a new live video feature within Instagram.
In the images, discovered by a Russian Instagram user the first icon in the Stories section of the app has a badge that says live on it. Additional screenshots show the Stories interface with a new “Go Insta” button that appears to be used for starting a live broadcast.
A spokesperson for Instagram declined to comment.
It’s not clear exactly how this would work but sources said, tapping the live icon brought the user to a separate section called popular live broadcasts, which they were unable to access.
While it’s difficult to say for sure if this is a random experiment or a quiet test of an upcoming feature the company’s reluctance to comment on screenshots would seem to suggest a bigger plan is in the works.
The company does plan to invest in live video for its app then it’s not surprising it would choose stories as the place to implement it. The app has been steadily updating Stories since its launch and, earlier in the week, announced that it was adding Stories to its Explore section in an effort to push more people to the feature.