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Google plans TikTok rival in the form of YouTube Shorts, report says

Short videos using licensed music will reportedly be a feature on the YouTube app.

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YouTube Shorts will reportedly launch as a rival to TikTok.

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YouTube is reportedly working on a TikTok rival called Shorts to be introduced by the end of 2020. The new feature will be part of the YouTube app, according to The Information, which cited two unnamed sources Wednesday, and it would allow users to create and upload their own short videos.

The Shorts feature will reportedly make use of all the music that Google-owned YouTube has licensed already, with songs to "be available to use as soundtracks for the videos created by users," according to The Information.

YouTube declined to comment on the matter.

"We don't comment on rumor or speculation," a YouTube spokesperson said in an email.

TikTok, a social media platform where users post short videos, was the most-downloaded app of 2019 with more than 700 million downloads. But US politicians have argued that the China-based company could pose a national security threat and  have kicked off an investigation.

The US Army banned TikTok from government phones, heeding Pentagon guidance and a similar ban by the US Navy. The TSA stopped using TikTok videos in its social media posts last month. TikTok does now have an American content advisory panel.

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