From PC Mag: Instagram is testing yet another TikTok-esque feature that lets users browse stories vertically.
First spotted by mobile developer and self-described "leaker" Alessandro Paluzzi, the function was dug up from Instagram's code and is still in its initial stages.
"This is an early prototype and is not currently testing on Instagram," a company spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. There is no guarantee the so-called Vertical Stories function will ever make it out of development and into public use. Instagram did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.
It's unclear exactly what the feature would entail—whether it would replace the static photo-and-video feed we're used to, or exist as a separate stream for ephemeral posts. It would, however, likely look a lot like Reels, Instagram's short-form video function that takes direct aim at TikTok. Introduced in August, the 15-second clips can be spruced up with songs and AR effects and shared with followers. To watch, simply tap the clapboard icon at the bottom of the screen and scroll up and down.
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