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 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
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
-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.
, 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.