According to Mark Zuckerberg, Meta planned to “bring similar functionality to Facebook soon” and work on “augmented reality NFTs” for Instagram.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook’s parent company Meta, said that the company is starting to test digital collectibles on photo and video sharing platform Instagram this week, signaling a move toward adding nonfungible tokens, or NFTs.
In an interview with Impact Theory’s Tom Bilyeu published to Facebook on Monday, Zuckerberg said the move to test digital collectibles on Instagram was the first step toward allowing creators and collectors to display NFTs on other apps under Meta’s control:
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Facebook. According to the CEO, Meta planned to “bring similar functionality to Facebook soon” and work on “augmented reality NFTs” for Instagram.
The move would seemingly allow Instagram users to display NFTs as profile profiles. Twitter first announced in September 2021 that its users would be able to do and then rolled out iOS support for NFT hexagonal avatars in January.
Shortly after Twitter’s NFT rollout, Reddit said that it tested the tokens as profile pictures on its platform. At the same time, content subscription service app OnlyFans — which many uses to promote adult content — has offered NFT profile pictures since December 2021.
Datareportal reported that Instagram had roughly 1.5 billion users globally as of January 2022, roughly half of Facebook’s 2.9 billion.
Many prominent users in the crypto space already have accounts with the photo and video sharing platform, which some hackers have taken advantage of.
Cointelegraph reported in April that bad actors breached Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Instagram page and shared links to a fake airdrop with the project’s more than 600,000 followers.
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Since rebranding from Facebook to Meta in October 2021, the social media company has announced many initiatives aimed at cryptocurrency and metaverse users.
Though the Diem Association shut down its digital currency project Diem — formerly Libra — in February, Meta also opened the doors for a brick-and-mortar metaverse-themed retail store on Monday in the San Francisco Peninsula. - Cointelegraph!