Instagram isn’t just about posting photos anymore, and it’s always introducing more and more features to keep its users entertained.
One of the most popular aspects launched in 2016 was Instagram Stories, allowing people to post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours and don’t show on the usual feed.
Then later in 2016, Instagram added another feature to its Stories – Instagram Live. This allowed users to essentially start a livestream with their followers. And you can also go live with your friends!
Instagram Live has become a huge part of the social media platform, especially with celebrities who use it as a way to connect with their fans.
But who holds the record for the most viewed Instagram Live?
Tekashi 6ix9ine breaks the record for most viewed Instagram Live
Last night, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine broke the record for the most ever viewers of an Instagram Live.
The 24-year-old rapper from New York went live on Instagram to talk about his prison sentence and explain how he got his jail time reduced.
The livestream gained a huge 2 million views.
Who is Tekashi 6ix9ine?
Daniel Hernandez, better known as Tekashi 6ix9ine is an American rapper known for his aggressive rap style, bright rainbow coloured hair and controversial behaviour.
He first became famous in 2017 when his debut single Gummo was released.
Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to prison time but has since been released.
Why was Tekashi 6ix9ine sent to prison?
In December 2019, Daniel Hernanzed was sentenced to two years in jail after he pleaded guilty to committing offences whilst being in a New York Gang called Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
According to BBC News, the offences included carrying a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to murder. He initially denied the charges but then decided to give evidence against the other gang members to reduce his sentence.
After only four months in prison, he has now been released over coronavirus fears. The rapper has severe asthma and would be seriously affected if he contracted the virus in prison. Therefore he is completing the rest of his sentence at home.
Drake and Tory Lanez held the previous Instagram Live Record
Before Tekashi 6ix9ine broke the Instagram Live Record on Friday, it was previously held by rappers Tory Lanez and Drake.
Tory Lanez started an Instagram Live series called Quarantine Radio, keeping his fans and Instagram users entertained during lockdown.
On 31st March, his Instagram Live had 140,000. But when Drake then joined the Live, it increased to a huge 300,000 viewers, breaking all records at the time.
Update: The Instagram Live record has just been broken again!
On 25th May, the record for most viewed Instagram Live was broken yet again.
Turkish TV star Acun Ilicali gained a huge 3 million views on his Instagram Live talking about his reality TV show Survivor 2020.
This exceeded Tekashi 6ix9ine’s previous record of 2 million views by an astonishing amount.
Read more here.