Instagram, which “is no longer a photo-sharing app”, will soon allow users to use all new photos for “remixing” in Reels as long as the images are public. The option can also be disabled but will be enabled by default.
The move is part of the social media platform’s bid to beat popular competitor Tik-Tok by bolstering its short video service, Instagram said it would allow remixing of public photos for Reels use.
Remixing will be enabled by default for all photos that will be published once the option is available to users, but they will always have the choice to disable it in the settings. It is also important to note that old photos will have the remix option disabled by default and users can enable it for individual posts with the same process.
In January, Instagram opened up all public video content to remix for Reels to provide more content for creators. Also in this case, only videos released after the change were available for remixing.
Photographers have often been skeptical of Instagram’s use of their content and this decision only multiplies their concern as their photographs may be widely used. While this helps them gain traction, it’s also possible that their work is taken out of context or in a context they’d rather not see.
In 2012, photographers ran into trouble with Instagram when the platform changed its terms of service and announced it would be able to sell user-posted photos, which it ultimately didn’t. do.