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Here’s how Iran’s Khamenei defeated Instagram’s 15-second video policy

Iran’s highest leader is not getting special treatment from the social site

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Social media site Instagram placed a 15-second limit on videos users can upload when it rolled the feature in 2013. But Iran’s supreme leader has managed to go as far as 91 seconds in posts that have perplexed Iranian users.

In a series of lengthy videos, Khameni addresses crowds of supporters who listen and cheer as he speaks on the nuclear talks and other regional matters.

Iran’s highest leader is not getting special treatment from the social site. A glitch allowing users to go beyond the 15 second-mark simply came in his favor, the Guardian reported.

“We recently became aware of a bug that allowed some users to post videos to Instagram that are longer than 15 seconds. We worked quickly and fixed the bug,” the Facebook-owned site told the Guardian.

According to the British daily, an exiled media personality first noticed the leader’s extraordinarily long videos questioning in a tweet Khamenei’s ability to do so.

Despite Instagram claiming that the bug has been fixed, Khamenei’s videos are still up on his account as Iranians continue to wonder about their length.

The account is run by Khamenei’s office, which has uploaded more than 1,000 posts and boasts a following of 205 thousand users.