The social media platform Instagram has increased the time limit for clips uploaded as Reels to 60 seconds. The Company is also bringing new protections for teenage users by defaulting them into private accounts and making it harder for potentially suspicious accounts to find young people on the platform.
The new limit allows users to record up to 60 seconds, twice what it earlier allowed its users to experience.
The social media platform took to Twitter to announce the expansion of video length for Reels.
Previously, Instagram allowed users to make 15-second or 30-second video length limits, and now you also have a 60-second option.
Instagram Reels’ biggest competitor TikTok has been allowing users to create up to one minute long videos since 2018, though the company recently announced that it is planning to increase the maximum length to three minutes to allow users “even richer storytelling and entertainment”.
The company is also announced that it is introducing new protection measures to make teenagers’ social media experience safer.
By default, users aged under 16 will have their account type set to private. Random users can’t even comment on their content and posted content cannot be seen in sections like Explore and hashtag.
For young people who already have a public account on Instagram, it will show them a notification highlighting the benefits of a private account and explaining how to change their privacy settings. “We’ll still give young people the choice to switch to a public account or keep their current account public if they wish,” the company says in a blog.
To make your Instagram account private or public, tap on the profile icon at the bottom right > go to settings > privacy.
Users must ensure that they are using the latest version of the app to see changes.