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TikTok: YouTube Launches Rivals To Be Tested In India

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YouTube has announced that it is testing a beta version of its new TikTok rival in India.

YouTube Shorts limits videos to 1

5 seconds, and the platform offers creator tools similar to those of Chinese-owned TikTok.

India banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June as border tensions increased between the two countries.

At the time, India was TikTok’s largest overseas market with an estimated 120 million users.

YouTube will also be competing with a number of local competitors who closed the void after TikTok was banned in India.

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In a blog post Chris Jaffe, vice president of product management for YouTube, said Shorts is “for creators and artists who want to record short, catchy videos using just their cell phones.”

The new platform has a multi-segment camera for stringing together several video clips, speed control and a timer and countdown for hands-free calling.

Short films also give users the ability to record with music and access a library of titles.

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Mr Jaffe said shorts would expand to other markets as the product was refined and new features added.

The latest product release from YouTube comes when US technology company Oracle confirmed that TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, had officially proposed to become a “trusted technology partner” in the US.

The aim of the deal is to avoid President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the app in the US because of national security concerns.

Mr Trump has suggested that the Chinese government could access user data under current regulations.

The Indian government raised similar concerns when it banned the app in June.

India’s ban was announced after clashes in the Galwan Valley on the India-China border in the Himalayas.

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