Popular short-form video application TikTok has reportedly initiated a pilot test of TikTok Stories across countries outside the United States.
Like competitors of TikTok have copied many of its features, the ByteDance-owned company has returned the favor by copying the vanishing-post format of stories. The posts on TikTok Stories will disappear after a period of 24 hours. However, a representative of the company supposedly said that this feature may not end up as a permanent one on the platform.
A spokesperson from TikTok apparently commented that the company is constantly thinking about new methods to add value to its community and enhance the experience on the platform. Presently, TikTok is testing ways to provide content creators with additional formats to put out their creative ideas for the TikTok community.
TikTok has faced several copycats to its own short-form video format. These include Snapchat Spotlight, YouTube Shorts, and Instagram Reels. YouTube commenced a monetization drive for Shorts this week, under which it will pay creators around USD 10,000 per month out of a creator fund of USD 100 million.
Last month, TikTok apparently stated that it was increasing the duration of its videos from 60 seconds to three minutes. That was designed to provide content creators another tool for uploading long-form videos and increase user engagement on the application.
In June, the Biden administration officially repealed the executive orders given by former President Trump that banned TikTok over supposed concerns of national security. In addition, President Biden ordered the Commerce Department to look into apps with ties to foreign rivals that may pose a risk to the data privacy or national security of the United States.
For the record, TikTok is a video-sharing platform that was founded in September 2016 by ByteDance. The social networking platform is used to make short-form videos of a variety of genres, from dance to education.