Watch out, TikTok: Facebook launching rival video editing app called Instagram Reels

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/07/19/facebook-tiktok-competitor-instagram-reels-launch/5467934002/

Facebook is set to launch its own version of TikTok next month.

The social media giant recently announced plans to release Instagram Reels, a video platform that lets people create interactive short clips set to music. The app's functionality sounds a lot like TikTok, which is wildly popular among smartphone-toting teens and young adults.

The Reels app is currently testing in France, Germany, Brazil and India but will hit smartphones in the U.S. in early August, Facebook said.

"The community in our test countries has shown so much creativity in short-form video, and we've heard from creators and people around the world that they're eager to get started as well," a Facebook spokesperson told USA TODAY via email.

The Reels app is home to a ton of video editing features, and it connects to Instagram, allowing users to share the finished product to their Stories. If your Instagram account is public, the video can appear on the app's Explore section. Users will also be able to post edited Reels on their profiles.

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