Reels, Instagram’s version of TikTok, now available in the US


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(CNN NEWSOURCE) — Instagram’s copycat version of TikTok is now available in the United States, as well as 50 other countries.

The short-form video feature is called Reels and was launched on Wednesday. Instagram owner Facebook has a habit of copying features from rivals and Reels is nearly a carbon copy of TikTok.

Like TikTok, Reels lets Instagram users make 15-second videos set to music or audio, including special effects.

It comes amid uncertainty about TikTok’s future in the US. Recent days have seen threats from President Trump to ban the app in the country, as well as discussion about a potential US takeover of the app by Microsoft. Trump also threatened a shutdown if an acquisition of TikTok doesn’t include a “substantial amount of money” going to the US Treasury.


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