According to a report coming from TechCrunch, Instagram is testing a new feature called the School Stories, which can be contributed to and viewed by only students of a particular school or college.
Tipster Jane Manchun Wong who spotted a code that suggests the new feature, and says, “School stories are manually accessed to make sure the community is safe,” this would be important if the popular photo-sharing platform does go ahead with such a youth-exclusive space.
Where there is no guarantee that Instagram will bring this feature to its app anytime soon but it would not be a surprise if the feature is rolled out to users considering Instagram began allowing some universities students to add school affiliations.
Instagram is working on school story. pic.twitter.com/wJc5oSJtyM
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 5, 2018
Earlier, the Facebook-owned company was testing another of its feature that will share user location data alongside Facebook. The feature is still in its early testing phase, and we are yet to hear an official announcement from the company to back it up and when it will roll out on a large scale. Instagram calls the new feature “Facebook Location History” and will use it to track the GPS location if a user using Facebook’s tools.
However, the latest functionality has only been seen on iOS, while no Android version of the app has gotten the new feature. Facebook has long been planning a deep integration of its WhatsApp and Instagram into its platform. This has also led to a disagreement between Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp. Later both founders of the popular message app left the company, followed by the co-founders of Instagram, who also cut ties with the tech giant for pretty much the same reasons.
Instagram has continuously been adding new features to its app to make the user experience more exciting. The company recently added the Shopping feature to Stories. And now the feature is only available to businesses based in 46 countries. The company believes Shopping in Stories will allow brands to “tell an even deeper story about what is behind its products.”