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Instagram will no longer be just square photo-sharing app, will take over TikTok with full-screen video contents

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San Francisco: As part of a major shakeup of the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform, Instagram is likely to start hosting full screen videos to make itself more relevant in an era dominated by TikTscreen videos.

In a video posted on his Instagram and Twitter handles, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said that the social platform no longer wants to be thought of as the "square photo-sharing app", and will instead lean more into entertainment and video.

Instagram is no stranger to video content, which has been previously offered through IGTV, Reels and Stories.

But Mosseri said Instagram would be "embracing video more broadly" going forward, starting with "full screen, immersive, entertaining, mobile-first video", which sounds a lot like TikTok, whose popularity Mosseri concedes is something Instagram wants to emulate.

Instagram will also start testing recommendations over the next couple of months, showing users in their Feed what they may not be following yet.

Users should expect plenty of experimentation in this area "over the coming months", said Mosseri, adding that and Instagram intends to be more public about what it's doing and why in the increasingly competitive social media space.

Mosseri's comments rubbed many people on the internet the wrong way as they expressed their displeasure about the upcoming changes online. The move will be a drastic change for Instagram and its users since the app is primary used for sharing square-sized still images.

Some would say that it was the essence of the popular social media app that started off as an app for people to showcase their pictures. Instagram already introduced reels to take on TikTok last year and it seems like Facebook will be copying every aspect of the Chinese app as well

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