Anyone can take new public Instagram photos and turn them into a Reel
Instagram will soon let anyone on the platform remix your new photos, as long as your
account is public. There’ll be a way to turn remixing off, but you’ll have to actively opt out once the option is live — it’ll be enabled by default.
In “the coming weeks,” Instagram says it’ll add the ability to “remix” public photos for use
inside of Reels, its TikTok-like video service. The change is meant to provide more content
for Reels creators to work with as the company goes all in on short-form
video in the hopes of keeping up with its explosively popular competitor.
Remixing will be enabled by default, but Instagram will provide ways to turn it off, according
to Devi Narasimhan, a Meta spokesperson. Users will be able to turn off remixing on
individual photos or at an account level through the settings menu.