Instagram Could Be Adding Moderator Option to Live Videos and Like Button to Stories

Instagram is reportedly going to introduce an option for adding moderators to live videos, as well as a dedicated like button for its vanishing stories.

The rumors come from "reverse engineer" Alessandro Paluzzi, who frequently delves into the code of social media apps to see what the developers are working on behind the scenes.

Over the past week alone, he has claimed that Snapchat is rolling out an update to overhaul its user interface, alleged that Twitter is trialing a new community feature, and leaked multiple changes for Instagram.

In terms of the latter, one of Paluzzi's biggest revelations is that the photo-sharing platform—owned by Meta—will soon let you add moderators to your live videos (which are often abbreviated to just "Lives").

For context, at the moment it is only possible for the individual actually streaming one of these clips to moderate its chat but, with the purported update, you will be able to grant those privileges to somebody else from your "Who's Watching" list. In other words, you can give another user the job of sifting through comments, managing requests to go live, and turning off questions.

According to Paluzzi's tweets on the subject, you will only be able to assign one moderator per Live video, so you will need to make sure that you choose a trustworthy person. Not only that, but you must be on the most up-to-date version of Instagram for this functionality to even work in the first place.

If all of this turns out to be accurate, then the feature will be particularly beneficial for high-profile influencers and celebrities, who will naturally have a lot more engagement when it comes to their Lives. Of course, it will still be a welcome addition for general users on the social media platform.

As you can see below, Paluzzi's tweets are accompanied by mock-ups that showcase how the "add moderator" feature will look in action.

#Instagram is working on the ability to add moderators to the live video 👀 pic.twitter.com/Aqp0bVttwR

— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) November 12, 2021

Instagram Introducing Like Button for Stories

In addition to the moderator update, Paluzzi has also reported that Instagram will be getting a new "like" button specifically for its disappearing stories.

As it stands right now, the only metric you have for measuring the engagement on this kind of content (before it expires after 24 hours) is to see who has viewed it. According to screenshots leaked by Paluzzi, this will all change soon, as you will be able to give stories a "Like," much like you can with the thumbs-up icon on Facebook or the favoriting button on Twitter.

What's more, you will reportedly not be limited to just liking a story once and will instead be able to do it multiple times. How this will be reflected in the metrics is currently unclear, but the leaks do mention that these interactions will only be visible to you and the person sharing the content in question.

Again, Paluzzi has shared images in a thread showcasing how this will look if and when it is rolled out.

#Instagram keeps working on the ability to like a Story 👀

Here's the introductory screen 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/2SVN3RHzBx

— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) October 5, 2021

Newsweek has contacted the Instagram PR team to ask if there is any veracity to Paluzzi's reports, but at the time of writing, we have received no response.

In related Instagram news, check out our guide on how to do joint posts using the new collab feature.

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