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Instgram Reels feature begins rolling out in India following TikTok ban

On: July 8, 2020

Instagram has been working on a TikTok like feature for a while now, which will let users create short 15-second videos and share with everyone on the platform. Called Instagram Reels, the feature was already being tested in Brazil, Germany, and France. Now, the social media platform has started rolling out the new feature in India as well.

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Similar to TikTok, Instagram Reels allows users to create 15 seconds videos with popular songs, trends, or challenges. Unlike Instagram Stories, users will be able to share Reels on the Explore tab for all to see, as well as on their personal feeds. Apart from Reels, Instagram is also rolling out a new feature where users can pin top comments on their posts.

Instagram Reels lets users record TikTok-like short videos

Instagram Reels is now rollong out to select users in India

Instagram Reels is now rolling out to select users in India

Instagram has reportedly tied up with prominent music labels to provide a huge collection of songs for users to make short videos. To be able to use Reels, users will have to fire up the built-in camera in the app and select Reels from the bottom.

After selecting Reels, users can search for a song from the Instagram music library, record with original audio, add AR effects and also speed up/slow down part of the video for dramatic effect. Most of these features are similar to TikTok and should feel familiar to users of the short video platform.

However, Instagram seems to be rolling out the feature in a phased manner in the country, since at the time of writing this we had not received the feature on our phones.

Instgram rolls out pinned comments to all users

Apart from Instagram Reels, the photo-sharing social media platform is also rolling out pinned comments for its users in India. Android users can long press and pin a relevant comment on top in the comments section, while iOS users can swipe on a comment to find the pin option. This feature will help users to pin relevant comments on the top and drive the discussion in the direction they want.

However, as of now, the pinned comments are limited to a maximum of three.

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