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Instagram Now Lets Users ‘Co-Watch’ Posts While Quarantined

New feature allows users to check out ”liked,“ saved or suggested pictures and videos at the same time via video chat

If you miss looking at pictures and videos with your friends while self-isolating because of the coronavirus, Instagram introduced a new feature to help you out on Tuesday.

The popular app is launching a new feature, appropriately dubbed “Co-Watching,” allowing users to check out “liked,” saved or suggested pictures and videos at the same time via video chat.

Instagram gave a quick explainer on how to access “Co-Watching” in a blog post on Tuesday: “You can start a video chat by tapping the video chat icon in the Direct inbox or in an existing Direct thread, then view saved, liked and suggested photos/videos by tapping the photo icon in the bottom left corner in an ongoing video chat.”

Here’s a quick view of what the feature looks like:

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The update comes as users are scrambling for new ways to connect with their friends and families while quarantined. Apps like Zoom, which rocketed to the second-most downloaded app on the Apple App Store last week, and HouseParty have seen a usage spike in recent weeks, as people gravitate towards video chat to remain close to others, even while social-distancing.

Instagram also outlined a few more steps it’s taking to weed out misinformation about COVID-19. “We will continue to prioritize safety, connecting people with accurate information, and encouraging support” as the coronavirus pandemic evolves, the company said.

Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, rolled out a Coronavirus Information Center last week, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci on the pandemic.

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