Instagram Reels now let you post longer videos

Instagram has expanded the length of the Reels, so users will be able to make longer videos. The company has announced the new update via its Twitter handle. As per the latest tweet from the social media platform, Instagram Reels video length has been increased to 60 seconds.

Previously, Instagram allowed users to make 15-second or 30-second video length limits, and now you also have a 60-second option. Instagram’s rival TikTok just recently expanded its video limit to three minutes to offer users an option to make slightly longer and better videos.

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Coming: Bonuses for making Instagram Reels

Besides, the company is reportedly working on a “Bonuses” feature, which is said to allow the creators to earn money by making Reels. The feature was spotted by developer Alessandro Paluzzi. One of the screenshots shared by the developer confirmed that the “Bonuses” option will not be available for regular users. The screenshots also suggested that the creators will get paid whenever they upload new Reels.

Instagram also recently confirmed that it’s experimenting with a feature that would allow popular users to publish content to their Stories that’s only available to paying fans. Dubbed “Exclusive Stories,” the feature is likely to benefit users that have a large following and whose Instagram Stories gather numerous views from the crowd.

It’s not yet certain that Instagram will release Exclusive Stories publicly. However, with other similar social media platforms coming up with similar ideas, the feature could help Instagram compete. For now, almost every social media platform is now offering creators the opportunity to make money from their work.

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Instagram privacy initiatives

The company has also announced that it is bringing new protections for teenage users by defaulting them into private accounts to make it harder for potentially suspicious accounts to find young users on the platform. So, everyone who is under 16 years old (or under 18 in certain countries) will be defaulted into a private account when they join Instagram.

The platform is also limiting the options advertisers have to reach young people with ads. In a few weeks, Instagram will only allow advertisers to target ads to people under 18 (or older in certain countries) based on their age, gender, and location.

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