In a Tuesday post on its Creators account, Instagram advised users not to repost content "that is visibly recycled from other apps" on Reels, its TikTok competitor. The Facebook-owned company added that seeing indicators like logos or watermarks "makes the Reels experience less satisfying," so it's making that kind of content harder to discover in the Reels tab.
TikTok is a tough act to catch up with, as the app has seen an exponential rise in popularity amid COVID-19 lockdowns, surpassing the 2 billion global download mark early on in the pandemic. It continued to gain popularity despite the fact that the administration of former President Donald Trump last year pushed to bar downloads of TikTok, citing data privacy concerns and insisting parent ByteDance sell off TikTok's US business. with software company Oracle and retail giant Walmart, but the sale has reportedly been " ."
Among its other recommendations, Instagram advises Reels creators to use tools like text, filters or camera effects, and to use music from the Instagram music library or original audio created or found on the platform. Users shouldn't post videos that are blurry and low-res and that are largely covered by text or have a border, the company added.