The hack could be a boon to hackers who use a pen to record videos and posts that can be uploaded to Instagram, Snapchat or other social media networks.
But the process is complicated, especially for those with limited technical knowledge and the ability to do it safely.
“I would definitely recommend not doing it unless you know what you’re doing,” said Adam Poythress, an Ottawa-based social media strategist and blogger who helps companies like Snapchat and Hackeaar Inc. develop social media and video tools.
“You’re going to get into trouble.”
A snapchat user who tries to make a snapchat post using a pen on their phone or tablet could inadvertently trigger an Instagram or Snapchat alert, triggering an image or video in the user’s feed that’s being deleted.
Instagram is already making it easier for people to share photos, videos and audio on the platform.
The company has also introduced a feature called “instant share” that allows users to share content on the Instagram app with a click of a button.
It works with Instagram accounts in the U.S. and Canada and is only available in English.
Snapchat users can also set a “favorite” and “likes” bar for a photo or video to help users see which users like the content they’re sharing.
That can also be used to block content, Poystress said.
Instagram users can click a link in a post to send a “like” or “favorite.”
That can trigger a Snapchat alert or an Instagram notification, Paz said.
Poystresses advice: If a user is in the process of sharing content and wants to see it later, try the following: A “like,” or a “thumbs up” in the photo/video feed, is usually enough.
If a post has a “share” button, the user can click that to send the image/video.
If there’s a “liking” or a photo/story to share, the button is not activated.
Then, the person who posted the post will likely have the option to delete the post, Panyas said.
If a user wants to delete a post and it’s deleted without the user having the option, they can click on the “delete” link in the post and select “notify me when I delete this post.”
Poythresses advice, if the user wants: If you’re sharing a photo on Instagram and it is in your “liked” or favorite section, that is an indication to Snapchat that the post is likely being deleted, Parnell said.
But if it’s not, you may be able to delete it by going to Settings on your phone and then going to the Accounts tab.
If a post isn’t being deleted and there’s no way to delete that post from the posts sidebar, that can also mean the post isn.
So the best thing you can do is delete the account and try again later.
There are a few steps that need to be taken to delete posts.
You need to follow the instructions for the Instagram mobile app.
You can also follow the steps for the Snapchat app, Poya said.