Even Signal wants to go Instagram with ephemeral stories
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(Pocket-lint) – Messaging platform Signal is testing a new feature that borrows heavily from Instagram and other services. Now people can share videos, pictures and text messages that disappear after 24 hours.
Signal says the new feature is ready for beta testing and will include end-to-end encrypted content, “giving you a new way to communicate on Signal without compromising privacy.” The announcement was made through a post on Signal’s forums and notes that people can opt out of stories entirely if they aren’t interested in them. This change not only means that users cannot create their own stories, but also that they are not bombarded with stories created by other people.
This new feature is only available to Signal beta users. So don’t panic if you don’t see any yourself or if your friends don’t see your latest creations. So don’t panic if you don’t see any yourself or if your friends don’t see your latest story creations.
Once the stories arrive, people will be able to share them with all of their friends or with specific groups, as they see fit, Signal says.
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Stories have become increasingly popular and are prominent on Instagram and Facebook, but the feature was originally created by Snapchat back then. While Stories may seem similar to videos posted on TikTok and other services, their main characteristic is that they are ephemeral – they disappear after a set period of time, normally 24 hours. After this time, they disappear for good.
Written by Oliver Haslam. Edited by Rik Henderson.