The whole India is under lockdown to arrest the spread of the pandemic Coronavirus aka COVID-19. WhatsApp has taken strict measures to make the platform accessible to all people during the lockdown. The Facebook-owned company has reduced status video time from 30 seconds to 15 seconds in India, reveals WABetaInfo. The new policy has taken immediate effect and will revert once the situation returns back to normalcy.
According to WABetaInfo, the new update is available on both Android and iOS platforms. WhatsApp is currently rolling out the new functionality in a phased manner. Hence, it will take a few days for the update to hit the respective smartphones. You should update your WhatsApp installation to view the change.
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.
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 28, 2020
As a user, you should crop videos longer than 15 seconds duration for use as their status. You can make use of third-party software tools to crop the videos. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had revealed that WhatsApp is facing a huge increase in video calling in those countries that are affected by the COVID-19.
Even though the company is yet to release any official statement, we expect the new feature to revert back to 30 seconds after the end of the Coronavirus outbreak or until the end of the lockdown period. As of this writing, India is under the lockdown period for 21 days. We don’t have any information about the events that will happen after 21 days. It all depends upon the situation prevailing at that time.
Nowadays, people especially IT professionals have been working from home and this has caused a rapid spike in the consumption of the Internet. WhatsApp has taken this step to decrease the load on its servers, which has jumped significantly after the announcement of the 21-day lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 15-second limit will help the company to distribute the Internet load for other activities, which includes relief work. The company has been observing heavy load because of excess consumption of the mobile messaging platform by social workers and resident societies for carrying out relief work.
WhatsApp has a huge user base globally with over 2 billion users. India is a huge market for the messaging platform with over 400 million users. In addition to WhatsApp, popular platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube have also taken the required steps to reduce the severe load on Internet servers during the entire lockdown period.