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TikTok expands its stories feature pilot test

TikTok has been the inspiration for many features its competitors have added to their platforms. The company is now returning the favor by lifting Snapchat’s stories feature.

There has never been more competition between social networks, and TikTok is taking the fight to retain eyeballs to the next level by swiping Snapchat’s stories feature. The Chinese originating video sharing platform has been testing the feature with a small group of users but is now expanding.

If your account has been allowed into the program, a banner will prompt you to create a story when you open the app. TikTok told TechCrunch it is “expanding a pilot test, which provides creators with additional formats to bring their creative ideas to life for the TikTok community.”

However, TikTok did not mention just how wide it is taking the test at the moment or when to expect a global release.

Adding a story will be very familiar to TikTok users because they will use the same set of tools, including editing tools, effects, filters, and sounds. You can add a photo or video to your story. The only difference from regular TikTok videos is that stories will not show up on your profile or feed and will automatically disappear after 24 hours.

For now, TikTok does not allow you to scroll across stories from multiple users, although it seems the platform is experimenting with the feature. If you want to see a user’s story, you need to click on their profile picture, which will have a blue circle if they have an active story. This will take you to the profile’s story feed.

You can see how many people have viewed your story, although TikTok doesn’t let you know who did so. Viewers can also like your story and leave a public comment, unlike Instagram, where the comments are routed through direct messages. That is not surprising for Instagram, as Whatsapp stories work the same way.

The social platform may include more features to stories before releasing it to all users. Users in the US and UK have reported gaining access to the feature.

TikTok joins a long list of social platforms that have added stories to their apps, although to varying levels of success. Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp, all owned by Meta, have the feature. Twitter added it too, calling it fleets, but it would abandon the feature, citing low user engagement. Snapchat also has stories.

TikTok is one of the fastest-growing networks, and it has since crossed the one billion daily active users, overtaking Snapchat and Twitter.

Meanwhile, Snap has banned removed its anonymous messaging features from third-party apps that integrate with the platform. The company said the feature could be used for bullying and harassment.

Snap made the change after being included as a party to a lawsuit for the death of a teenager who got bullied through two apps that connected to Snapchat. The apps, Yolo and LMK, used Snapchat’s anonymous messaging features. Snap revoked the apps’ access after the suit was filed.

On its blog post, Snap wrote, “While we know that most Snapchatters used these anonymous integrations in fun, engaging, and entirely appropriate ways, we believe some users might be more prone to engage in harmful behavior — such as bullying or harassment — if they have the shroud of anonymity.”

Other measures Snap is putting in place for safety include restricting meetup apps using Snapchat to users 18 years and above, which is puzzling that it never thought of doing so before.

The company released Snap Kit in 2018, which lets third-party apps integrate Snapchat. It currently has more than 1,500 developers. However, the new age restriction will affect only 3 percent of the meetup apps now using Snap Kit.

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