This limit has been observed for users in India, and it is reportedly due to the country’s lockdown.
According to reports, Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is limiting the duration of WhatsApp status videos to 15 seconds to reduce internet consumption amid the lockdown. The development was first spotted by WABetainfo a few days ago, who shared this tweet with its community.
WABetaInfo said in a tweet that the time-limit for videos that could be posted as a WhatsApp status has been reduced to 15 seconds from 30 seconds.
“You can no longer send videos to WhatsApp Status if they are longer than 16 seconds: only videos having a duration of 15 seconds will be allowed. This is happening in India and it's probably an initiative to reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures,” said the tweet.
From 90 seconds to three minutes:
During the time of launch, WhatsApp had allowed 90 seconds to three-minute videos. Now, it has further reduced to 15 seconds to lessen the load on internet networks as people across the nation have been mandated to work from home post a 21-day lockdown announcement.
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Last Updated 30, Mar 2020, 7:47 PM