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Snapchat testing 'Spotlight Replies' feature for community-building: Know more

Snapchat last month introduced the Shared Stories feature on the platform which is a new way to build a community around the content users love to Snap.  

Saumya Nigam Edited by: Saumya Nigam Noida Published on: June 16, 2022 19:44 IST
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Snapchat testing 'Spotlight Replies' feature for community-building: Know more

Snapchat has announced that they are testing a new community-building feature for creators and their audiences, named 'Spotlight Replies'. The new feature enables the audiences to leave a text reply on a creator's Spotlight video that is first moderated before being sent directly to the creator.

Post that, the creators will be given the power to control the replies which appear publicly on their video for other viewers to see.

'Spotlight Replies' feature is currently being tested in New Zealand, and the test will expand to more markets over the next several months.

"Since launching Spotlight, one of the most requested features from our community has been the ability to reply to content. We're constantly listening to and learning from Snapchatters, and thoughtfully innovating based on their needs," the company said in a statement.

The company said that it still does not allow public comments or replies to friends' Stories, "which we think can fuel toxic and inauthentic behaviours".

"Allowing creator-controlled replies on Spotlight reflects the difference between the dynamics of friend communications and an entertainment platform, which is more broadcast in nature," said the company.

Snapchat last month introduced Shared Stories, a new way for Snapchatters to build a community around the content users love to Snap.

The company said that Shared Stories is a new iteration of Custom Stories, a product that previously allowed Snapchatters to create a Story and add friends to view and contribute.

Inputs from IANS

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