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The social media platform is bringing some exciting new features to Singapore that are bound to enhance social connections in the music-loving and adventure-seeking communities this September

Remember when we could only access Facebook and Instagram music and location features while travelling overseas pre-Covid? Not anymore.

From September 20 onwards, the much-anticipated Music feature—that is a feature on both Facebook and Instagram—and Instagram’s Map Search function will finally be available to all users in Singapore. 

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Facebook wants to bring friends and communities closer with their new Music feature where they can connect with one another through the sharing of good music.

People have always used Facebook and Instagram to express themselves and be entertained. In this light, Facebook is focused on bringing music into the ways people express themselves and connect to the artists they love, and the music lovers communities they belong to.

With their Music feature, Singapore users will now be able to be part of the action and access these Music stickers on Facebook and Instagram, Music in Profiles on Facebook, as well as Soundmojis on Messenger. 

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Launching on September 21, Singapore’s Instagram users will get to share locations and points of interest by dabbling with the new Map Search feature. This discovery feature will allow users to discover popular tagged locations around them from a new entry point in Explore—which is a map icon on the top right corner—and filter the locations by specific categories such as restaurants, cafes and sights.

Users can also find relevant locations in a map when searching certain hashtags. This adds to existing Instagram features that support small businesses, such as the “Support Small Business” sticker in Stories.

In the era of Covid-19 and social distancing, Facebook seeks to bridge the physical gap between friends and communities by launching these features to better support the online community in expressing themselves authentically, and to safely support artists and businesses that are close to home. 

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