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Instagram announces IGTV - a new app for watching long-form videos

Lora Ball | 20 June, 2018, 23:18

TechCrunch has learned that the Instagram longer-form video hub that's launching [today] is called IGTV and it will be part of the Explore tab, according to multiple sources. A separate standalone app for recording video will become available sometime over the next few days, the company added.

Facebook today announced the launch of IGTV, a standalone video app for Instagram users. You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour.

Instagram, which Facebook bought in 2012 for $1 billion, has grown an app originally made for sharing photos into a service that people also use to send messages and post short videos.

The announcement follows news earlier this week that Facebook plans to introduce tools to connect video creators with advertisers and the launch of Facebook Watch for longform video last summer. Instagram's pitch here is that watching video content on mobile devices is clunky (*cough* YouTube *cough*) and a platform dedicated to long-form, vertical videos will make things a lot more intuitive.

China ‘expresses regret’ over United States withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council
The United Nations' Human Rights Council returned to business as usual Wednesday despite the USA pulling out a day earlier. She added the USA will work with non-governmental groups that share US goals, "but not with ones who undermine them".

McConnell: We'll work with Dems to end child separations at border
Later on Tuesday, after the Trumping meeting with the GOP House members, The Republican Main Street Caucus, chaired by Rep. Congress, so if he's so concerned he can take up the bill", Walsh added.

Rapper XXXTentacion Pronounced Dead After Being Shot In Florida
While not confirming his identity, the Broward County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that adult male at the scene indeed died. Citing witnesses, TMZ reported that the 20-year-old was shot in his vehicle after leaving a motorcycle dealer in South Florida .

Instagram now has more than one billion monthly active users, the company also announced today. Instagram doesn't now allow video ads, but Systrom said it eventually will.

Videos are now limited to 30 seconds for Instagram Stories, and one minute for users' main feeds.

The report says that Instagram isn't looking for content that is "too polished" in the traditional TV show mould, but rather hoping that new-style Internet creators will set a more modern tone.

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