In order to reduce the network load as the maximum population across the world is staying indoors due to the Coronavirus pandemic, streaming platforms have been reducing video quality temporarily. WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messing app, has now reduced the duration of video status from 30 seconds to 15 seconds in India.
WABetaInfo shared this information over Twitter recently.
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.
The 15 seconds station duration limit has been forced through a server-side change, and it doesn’t matter if you didn’t update your app. While uploading a status video in WhatsApp, you will see a message “Videos sent to My Status will be trimmed to the first 15 seconds.”
WABetaInfo further mentions that this a temporary change and will be altered after the situation resolves.
The limitation of WhatsApp status duration shows the effort to reduce the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Previously, the company with WHO, UNICEF, and UNDP creates a dedicated WhatsApp Coronavirus information Hub to fight against the misinformation spread and launched Coronavirus chatbox to provide valid information regarding the pandemic.