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Instagram is Testing a New Trimming Tool for Instagram Stories Clips

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Instagram is working on a new video trimming feature for Instagram Stories, which would make it easier to edit and upload your Stories clips within the app.

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As you can see in this example, uncovered by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, the new option would provide a video slider trimming tool built into Stories, which would function in the same way as similar video editing tools available on other platforms. In the creative options along the top of the first frame, a new editing icon has been added. Tap on that and you’ll be taken through to the second frame trimming process.

The addition is fairly straight-forward, but it could provide significant benefit to Stories creators. At present, many creators use third-party editing tools before uploading to Stories in order to get their timing and content right in each frame, but the capacity to edit in-stream would streamline the process, particularly when you’re on the go.

For brands, it would also make it easier to create more focused, polished Stories. And while various reports have suggested that off-the-cuff, in-the-moment Stories perform best, being able to trim and enhance your Stories frames is not a significant deviation from that same type of immediacy and connection.

There’s no word from Instagram as to if or when this function will be launched, but given Wong’s amazing track record of uncovering unreleased features in various apps, you can probably expect to see an official update on this in mid-March. 

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Twitter adds warning labels to false Ukraine war posts

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Twitter adds warning labels to false Ukraine war posts

Misleading tweets about Russia’s war on Ukraine will be hidden behind messages warning they could cause real world harm under a new Twitter policy. – Copyright AFP Asif HASSAN

Twitter on Thursday said it will put warning labels on demonstrably false posts about Russia’s war in Ukraine under a new “crisis misinformation policy.”

Tweets violating the new rule will be hidden behind messages saying that misleading information in the posts could cause real-world harm, said Twitter head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth.

Twitter users will then have to click on a link to see an offending post.

“While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis,” Roth said in a blog post.

Examples of the kinds of posts that would merit warning labels included false reports about what is happening on the ground and how the international community is responding.

Twitter said it will make a priority of adding warning labels to tweets from high-profile accounts such as state-affiliated media outlets, governments, and users whose identities have been verified.

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“Conversation moves quickly during periods of crisis, and content from accounts with wide reach are most likely to rack up views and engagement,” Roth said.

He added that the new policy will guide Twitter’s efforts “to elevate credible, authoritative information, and will help to ensure viral misinformation isn’t amplified or recommended by us during crises.”

The content moderation move comes as Twitter faces the prospect of being bought by billionaire Elon Musk.

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The controversial Tesla chief openly advocates for anyone to be able to say whatever they want on Twitter, no matter how untrue, as long as it doesn’t break the law.

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