Instagram is adding more web access to its platform with Live Streams now available on your desktop.
This option follow’s Facebook’s rollout last week of Direct Messages on the web version. Facebook owns Instagram.
In a story first reported by Engadget, the website speculates that COVID-19 quarantines may be behind Facebook’s decision to pivot to the web.
“Now that you’re likely staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might not be as inclined to watch live Instagram feeds on your phone,” Jon Fingas wrote for Engadget. “The experience is familiar and supports two-person streams, but takes advantage of the extra screen space to keep comments separate from the video — you won’t have to deal with half the feed being obscured by text.”
While the pandemic has us all using our larger devices, it should be noted Facebook has in the past said it wanted to bolster private messaging on all of its apps regardless of device.
But if you want to broadcast a Live Stream, it still needs to happen on your iPhone or smartphone app.