YouTube announced the launch of its TikTok competitor called 'Shorts.'
The service, first rolling out in India, allows users to upload videos up to 15 seconds that can be edited using the platform’s creator tools, including speed controls and a time and countdown.
Users will also have access to YouTube’s massive library of music for their original content.
The features are well-known in the TikTok app, which has over 800 million active users worldwide, but have since been cloned by Instagram for its new Reels – and now YouTube has joined as a copycat.
Shorts is first rolling out in India, allows users to upload videos up to 15 seconds that can be edited using the platform’s creator tools, including speed controls and a time and countdown
Shorts will be available in the YouTube app and although India will be the first to access it, the firm notes it will roll out to other countries in the next few months.
A potential ban has been looming over TikTok for months, as government officials, particularly US President Donald Trump, believe the app is a threat to national security.
Claims state the firm is selling US citizen’s data to Chinese governments.
TikTok has been searching for US company to take over operations in order to keep its stake in the US market.
Sources told the Wall Street Journal that the computer software company Oracle has won the bidding for TikTok's US operations.
ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, will need approval for the deal from governments of the United States and China, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that computer software company Oracle has won the bidding for TikTok's US operations.
A person familiar with the matter told the WSJ that Oracle will be announced TikTok's 'trusted tech partner' in America. They added it is unlikely to be an outright sale.
But with its fate still unclear, other social media platforms are gunning for its spot – and YouTube is the latest newcomer to the race.
Shorts only offers multi-segment camera, the ability to record with music, speed controls and a timer and countdown
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