Instagram's TikTok-Style 'Reels' Feature to Launch in US Next Month

Sunday, 19 Jul, 2020

It's now set to launch in the USA, the U.K., JAPAN and MEXICO, and the new feature will be accessible via a new icon on INSTAGRAM. An official launch date has not been announced.

This comes as the U.S. is weighing a "sweeping travel ban on Chinese Communist Party members" in the form of an administrative order, New York Times reports.

REELS allows INSTAGRAM users to create 15-second video clips accompanied by music, and those clips can then be shared as STORIES. Allegations that the Chinese Communist Party controls ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, have stoked fears about the Chinese government hacking personal and government-owned devices in the USA and other countries to steal information - names, emails, location, and also biometric data that some worry will be stored in China's facial recognition database.

In just a short period of time, TikTok became a household name as it earned over 800 million active users to its platform.

However, this doesn't appear to have been very popular.

Instagram has launched a new page in its app, specifically devoted to shopping.

Shares of Facebook were down 0.8 percent Thursday morning in pre-market trading, at $238.25. If users discover one of their products - through Stories, an advert, or a conventional post in their feed - they can save it for later or place an order immediately.

Action against the app, which has been accused of sharing user data with the Chinese government, is expected soon, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters en route to Washington from Georgia. TikTok getting banned in India left a huge void in the social media space as far as short-video content is concerned and several Indian alternatives like Chingari, Mitron, Roposo etc have rushed in to fill the space.

The investigation "relates to the gathering of information on American citizens by a foreign adversary", he added. Convenient, since TikTok has been slammed for security practices worldwide, with many countries planning to ban the app...