Instagram has no doubt been a phenomenal outlet for many photographers to showcase their work and reach a wider audience. Still, it also remains plagued with copyright infringement issues, and countless instances of users reposting their work without permission or proper attribution. That may soon change if the image sharing app does push through with a “regram” feature reportedly being tested out.
It was only a matter of time, many of you may say, as the reposting feature already exists on Facebook’s “Share” and Twitter’s “Retweet.” In an era where it’s easy for people to download images and then upload them on social media as their own, this feature is definitely something that will make reposting easier without encouraging copyright infringement.
According to The Next Web, the native “Regram” button is just one of the new features Instagram is currently “secretly” testing in a handful of accounts. This follows Facebook and Instagram’s practice of rolling out upcoming features to a small number of users first, and if all goes well, we’d all be able to give it a go soon enough.
At the moment, Instagram users have to save an image or video to their device and repost it from their own account. Another option is to use a third-party app, like the popular Regram for Android. If Instagram pushes through with a native Regram option, which seems highly likely, The Next Web says — it would save everyone that extra space for a third party app. We also wouldn’t have to resort to blatant watermarks just to protect our own work and even personal photos.
Other possible upcoming features spotted by The Next Web that photographers and filmmakers may find useful include Archive Stories (for saving Stories in a personal archive) and a new follow hashtag feature. Go ahead and check out their post here to learn more.