'Remembering': Instagram's new feature lets you acknowledge deceased user's account amid COVID-19

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 24, 2020, 06:56 PM(IST)

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But a user named Jane Manchun Wong discovered this feature first after testing it on her account. Wong shared the  this feature on her Twitter account. 

 

Instagram is in works for a new feature which helps a user know a deceased person's account. The new feature will show a "Remembering" sign on the deceased user's account. 

The company has said that this feature has been in working on this feature for quite some time. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the work on the feature to  ‘help support the community during a difficult time.' This feature is yet to be launched. 

But a user named Jane Manchun Wong discovered this feature first after testing it on her account. Wong shared the  this feature on her Twitter account. 

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A spokesperson of Instagram revealed: "We've been working on these updates for some time, though this is one — among others — that we've accelerated in light of COVID-19 to help support our community during a difficult time."

The family of a deceased user can fill up a form where they will have to provide necessary proof and documents. After memorialising the account, there will be no changes in the account but a 'Remembering' sign will appear above the profile picture of the user. 

The feature cannot be used on public accounts and memorialised accounts don't appear in public spaces, like people's Explore section. 

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