01 October 2020
It has been exactly 10 years since Instagram made its debut on Android and iOS smartphones. As part of celebrating the 10th anniversary, Instagram has announced a bunch of new features and new app icons for customization. The latter comprises of all the app icons that have been used so far as well as a few completely new ones.
In order to change the Instagram app icon, you will need to visit the app settings page and swipe down from the top.
One of the major new Instagram features is named Stories Map. As the name suggests, this feature will let you browse through your Stories up to three years old on a map. It is essentially a way to go through old Stories that you posted and relive those moments. This is a private feature which means no one other than the account owner can check the map of Stories. This is similar to Story Highlights but that is a feature meant to show your stories permanently to your followers.
The next new Instagram feature is related to encouraging anti-bullying on the platform. It is a beta feature for now where comments similar to other reported comments will get hidden automatically. It will be up to the post owner whether to unhide such comments or let them stay invisible. If any of the hidden comments need to be seen, one can do so by tapping the "View Hidden Comments" option.
Another similar feature is warning users who are repeated offenders of posting offensive comments. When it will detect such comments that go against the guidelines of the platform, it will show pop-up reminding users of the same and giving them an opportunity to edit their comments before publishing them.