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Instagram Brings Auto-Generated Captions to Videos; Encrypted DMs Now Available in Russia, Ukraine




Instagram launches auto-generated captions for the videos in users’ feeds. Instagram head Adam Mosseri said on Tuesday that the captions feature has been “a long time coming”. The photo-sharing app is also making encrypted one-to-one chats available to all adults in both Ukraine and Russia.

This comes as part of a series of actions Meta (previously Facebook) is taking in response to the conflict in Ukraine, which have included restricting state media and increasing efforts around fact-checking.

The automated captions on Instagram will be on by default for creators on the platform. Before this, creators need to manually add captions to their videos. This is really annoying and time-consuming process. The introduction of automated captions makes the process smooth along with making Instagram more inclusive for hearing challenged users.

How to Enable/Disable Captions

It will also be now easier to watch Instagram videos on mute. While auto-captions are turned on by default, users will have the option to turn them on or off via Advanced Settings > Accessibility > Show Captions, as well as via Manage Captions in the menu of an individual video.

As of now, Instagram’s auto-generated video captions will be available in 17 languages at launch. It will be going to support more languages later. These languages include Hindi, English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Instagram’s rival TikTok introduces automated captions in April last year where the captions were on by default for its creators.

Encrypted Instagram DMs is a part of an initiative to keep people safe

Meta is taking a series of actions in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and rolling out encrypted Instagram DMs is also a part of the same initiative. Clegg informs that Instagram users will get alert to the encrypted DMs option by way of a notification that appears at the top of their direct message inbox.

The notification will inform them that they can switch over to an encrypted conversion if they choose. “This update is not available to business accounts on Instagram. The decision to roll out end-to-end encryption on Instagram in both countries comes as even Russian activists speaking out against the war could also be at risk without the feature.

However, Meta’s other applications such as WhatsApp, And Facebook have already offered end-to-end encryption for text chats on Messenger for many years.

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