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Known as “Clips,” the experimental feature, discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, “allows users to record segments of videos into a single video Story.”
Wong notes that users can apply music to their creations as well as adjust the speed of each clip, just like TikTok.
“To me, this is unsurprising because TikTok is a rising star in the social media space, and Instagram/Facebook has shown the pattern of cloning features from competitors,” Wong adds.
Through reverse engineering, Wong also found that Instagram has been working on the new Clips feature since early July.
As is with any experimental feature, it remains entirely possible that Clips will never make its way to the wider public. But given the huge popularity of TikTok, it seems likely that Instagram will attempt to emulate some of its features to retain its users.
But Instagram isn’t the only social media platform testing new features. Wong found earlier this month that Facebook has been experimenting with hiding Likes, just like Instagram has been doing for the past several months.
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Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.