Instagram expands NFT support to 100 countries

Instagram expands NFT support to 100 countries
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Three months after Instagram rolled out support for Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, and Flow to a small group of U.S. NFT aficionados in a test launch, the Meta platform has now expanded this support to 100 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.

The company also announced that it accepts integration from Coinbase and Dapper wallets, in addition to Rainbow, MetaMask, and Trust Wallet.

Instagram’s NFT functionality will allow users to connect their digital wallet, and automatically tag both a creator and a collector for attribution. They can also share their NFTs in their main Instagram Feed, Stories or Messages.

A shimmer effect will distinguish a user’s NFT from a regular photo, accompanied by the NFT description.

This follows Zuckerberg announcement earlier this year that users will be able to bring their 3D NFTs to Instagram Stories using Spark AR, which is the company’s software AR platform. Today, the company has revealed that it’s starting to allow people to display and share their digital collectibles as AR stickers in Instagram Stories.

“We understand that blockchain technology and NFTs raise important questions on sustainability,” the company added during its initial NFT test launch in May. “Meta will help reduce the emissions impact that might be associated with the display of digital collectibles on Instagram by purchasing renewable energy.”

Meta is also testing Ethereum and Polygon NFTs for some U.S. creators on its social network, and will soon add support for Solana and Flow.

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