Instagram to demote Reels videos with TikTok watermark

    Instagram is hoping for more original content on Reels. 
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Feb 10 2021, 08:58 IST
    Instagram recently added branded content tag in Reels.
    Instagram recently added branded content tag in Reels. (Instagram)
    Instagram recently added branded content tag in Reels.
    Instagram recently added branded content tag in Reels. (Instagram)

    Instagram will demote Reels that feature TikTok watermark. The company is making the change through an update to its algorithms. The move is likely to help Instagram get more original posts on its TikTok-like service Reels instead of just re-posting of content from the competitor.

    “We're building on what we've learned from Explore to recommend fun and entertaining videos in places like the Reels tab, and personalize the experience. We are getting better at using ranking signals that help us predict whether people will find a reel entertaining and whether we should recommend it,” Instagram spokesperson Devi Narasimhan told The Verge.

    According to the report, Instagram will not be hiding or banning such videos but rather won't promote it. Users can still see the posts but it may not appear on the Reels feed of the app.

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    Instagram had launched Reels shortly after the Trump government announced plans to ban TikTok. Back in July last year, Reels debuted in India following the ban on the Chinese video sharing network. Reels is identical to TikTok as it allows users to record short videos and edit them with music tracks, filters and more.

    Since the debut, Instagram has made a few changes to the interface to promote Reels. According to a September Fortune report, Reels hasn't had a lot of traction. Since the service is integrated within Instagram, it should reflect on the app's overall downloads.

    A Sensor Tower report said that Instagram was the sixth top app globally in January 2021. Telegram, TikTok, Signal, Facebook and WhatsApp booked the top five slots.

    In India, the service is taking on a slew of home-grown video sharing platforms such as Moj, Josh, Chingari, Mitron, and more. Interestingly, Moj by ShareChat was among the top 10 apps globally on Google Play Store in January 2021, according to the Sensor Tower report.

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    First Published Date: 10 Feb, 08:58 IST
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