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TikTok is now testing Snapchat-style vanishing video stories feature

Several netizens spotted online that the video-sharing platform is experimenting with the new stories feature.
TikTok is now testing Snapchat-style vanishing video stories feature
TikTok Stories is still in the testing phase (Photo from Matt Navarra's Twitter)

Visible video content for 24 hours before it is automatically deleted

A social media consultant Matt Navarra, highlighted this feature by sharing screenshots of TikTok Stories on Twitter. ByteDance Company, which owns TikTok, confirmed the testing by stating:

We're always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience. Currently, we're experimenting with ways to give creators additional formats to bring their creative ideas to life for the TikTok community.

According to a source,  a TikTok spokesperson confirmed that the company is already testing the vanishing clips, a feature similar to stories of Snapchat Facebook, and Instagram. It means TikTok Stories will allow users to see content posted by accounts they follow for 24 hours before they are gone.

Stories feature is located in a newly added slide-over sidebar.  Users will be able to see stories posted by accounts that they follow on TikTok for 24 hours before they’re automatically deleted. Other users will be able to react and comment on the story, too. And just like on Instagram and other platforms, they will also be able to tap on a user’s profile picture to load a story.

Allegedly, it comes as WhatsApp rolls out a feature for users to post photos or videos that vanish after they are seen. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Twitter also introduced its Fleets function which allowed users to post photos and videos that disappeared after 24 hours. However, the feature did not become as widely used as the company had hoped so they discontinued it.

On the other hand, there are child protection advocates who have expressed concerns about this feature. They said that automatically vanishing messages could help cover up evidence of child sexual abuse.

TikTok did not yet disclose when it's going to officially roll out the Stories feature.

Sources: The Verge, BBC
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