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This TikTok Scam Tricks Your Kids Into Downloading Malware

Have you ever seen a scam so obvious that only a kid could fall for it? As reported by Malwarebytes, scammers on TikTok are offering “free” download codes for popular games as part of a malvertising scheme—kids are encouraged to visit a website for free games, and malware is automatically downloaded to their computer through ads.

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How to Make Money on Tiktok

It’s becoming easier and easier to make money on TikTok the more the platform grows and evolves. Whether you are an established creator or looking to become one, there are tons of ways to make money on the popular app.


[Edit]Go Live

  1. One of the most straightforward ways to make money on TikTok is to go live and ask for donations. Entertain viewers on Live and they can send you TikTok coins they’ve purchased when they like your content or what you’re doing. You can collect coins as TikTok diamonds, which can be converted to real cash in PayPal.[1]
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  2. There are a few requirements to go Live and make money:[2]
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    • You must be at least 18 years of age.
    • You must have at least 1,000 followers.

[Edit]Join the Creator Fund

  1. TikTok’s Creator Fund encourages authentic, creative content from any creator on TikTok. There is no limit to the number of creators who can join the fund, so you may be eligible right now or you can work towards eligibility.
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  2. To join the fund, you must:
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    • Be based in the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, or Italy.
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Have at least 10,000 followers
    • Have at least 100,000 video views in the last 30 days
    • Have an account that fits TikTok’s community guidelines and terms of service[3]
  3. How are funds calculated? There are a couple of factors that go into calculating how much money you’ll earn from the fund. Your cut of the fund will be based on:
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    • The number of views your video gets
    • The authenticity of your views (verifying that real accounts are interacting with your videos and not fake followers or bots)
    • The level of engagement on content (amount of comments, likes, and shares)
    • If the content is in line with Community Guidelines and Terms of Service

[Edit]TikTok Ad Platform

  1. If you are a small business owner, try advertising your product on TikTok with TikTok’s Ad platform. By selling your products on TikTok, you can make more money off your talents – whether you sell art, food, or anything else.
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    • TikTok’s Ad platform is still in beta testing, but you can create an Ad account and start a new campaign right now.
    • In ad campaigns, you can select the objective of your ad, your budget, and where you want your ad to go.[4]

[Edit]Join the TikTok Creator Marketplace

  1. TikTok has created a platform specifically for brands and creators to collaborate.[5] Becoming a brand ambassador on TikTok is a gold mine for any creator. Join the marketplace to make videos about a brand’s product and get paid in return.
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    • TikTok’s marketplace allows brands and creators to choose collabs based on data collected by TikTok, like audience demos, growth trends, and best-performing videos. [6]
    • Check out TikTok’s Marketplace here.

[Edit]Act as a TikTok Consultant

  1. After you have mastered some of these methods and earned a decent following, you can make money by explaining the process to others. As a TikTok Consultant, you can advise brands or influencers on the latest trends and methods to expand their TikTok clout.
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    • Some TikTokers make up to $150,000 a year advising brands. [7]


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How to Create Shorts with YouTube for Android and iOS

YouTube-Shorts-Phone-Featured.jpg TikTok’s rising popularity has inspired competing apps like YouTube to add similar options. Consequently, on Android and iOS, you can now create small videos in portrait orientation called “Shorts,” which are limited to up to 60 seconds. In this tutorial, we walk you through the basics of creating a YouTube Shorts on Android and iOS apps. Related: How to Record Video with Music on iPhone How to Create a “Short” on YouTube for Android and iOS Whether you’re using YouTube on an Android or iOS device, the steps to create a TikTok-like video are basically the… Read more14686392.gif

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Reddit is quietly rolling out a TikTok-like video feed button on iOS

From Instagram’s Reels to Snapchat’s Spotlight, most social media platforms are looking toward the TikTok boom for inspiration. Now, even Reddit, a discussion-based forum, is making short-form video more pronounced on its iOS app.

According to Reddit, most iOS users should have a button on their app directly to the right of the search bar — when tapped, it will show a stream of videos in a TikTok-like configuration. When presented with a video, (which shows the poster who uploaded it and the subreddit it’s from), users can upvote or downvote, comment, gift an award, or share it. Like TikTok, users can swipe up to see another video, feeding content from subreddits the user is subscribed to, as well as related ones. For instance, if you’re subscribed to r/printmaking, you might see content from r/pottery or r/bookbinding.

The user interface of the videos isn’t new — Reddit has been experimenting with this format over the last year. But before, this manner of watching Reddit videos was only accessible by tapping on a video while scrolling through your feed — rather than promoting discovery of other communities, the first several videos recommended would be from the same subreddit.

Images of new Reddit features

Image Credits: Reddit, screenshots by TechCrunch

“Reddit’s mission is to bring community and belonging to everyone in the world, and subsequently, Reddit’s video team’s mission is to bring community through video,” a Reddit spokesperson told TechCrunch, about the new addition. “Over the course of the last year, our goal was to build a unified video player, and re-envision the player interface to match what users (new and old) expect when it comes to an in-app video player — especially commenting, viewing, engaging, and discovering new content and communities through video,” they noted.

Reddit doesn’t yet have a timeline for when the feature will roll out to everyone, but confirmed that this icon first appeared for some users in late July and has continued to roll out to almost all iOS users. But by placing a broader, yet still personalized video feed on the home screen, Reddit is signaling a growing curiosity in short form video. In December 2020, Reddit acquired Dubsmash, a Brooklyn-via-Berlin-based TikTok competitor. The terms of the deals were undisclosed, but Facebook and Snap also reportedly showed interest in the platform, which hit 1 billion monthly views in January 2020.

Reddit declined to comment on whether or not its new video player is using an algorithm to promote discovery of new subreddits based on user activity. However, a Reddit spokesperson confirmed that the company will use Dubsmash’s technology to develop other features down the road, though not for this particular product, they said.

Reddit first launched its native video platform in 2017, which allows users to upload MP4 and MOV files to the site. Then, in August 2019, it launched RPAN (Reddit Public Access Network), which lets people livestream to the r/pan subreddit — the most popular live streams are promoted across the platform. Reddit currently attracts 50 million daily active visitors and hosts 100,000 active subreddits.

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TikTok blocked creators from using ‘Black Lives Matter’ in bios


TikTok has reportedly blocked users of its newly rolled out Creator Marketplace from being able to use words and phrases including “Black” and “Black Lives Matter” in their bios, flagging the words as “inappropriate conte…

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TikTok tests a Cameo-like option that lets users pay for custom creator videos


Longer videos aren’t the only new feature coming to TikTok. The short-form video app has begun allowing some users to pay creators for custom clips in the vein of startup Cameo. With Big Tech copycats in hot pursuit, it seems TikTok isn’t against the idea of borrowing features itself, as long as they help it to maintain its grip on Gen Z. For now, only users in Turkey and Dubai appear to have access to the test, according to social media posts spotted by BuzzFeed.

The new feature is reportedly called “Shoutouts” and essentially lets you request and pay for a video from a creator using TikTok coins, the in-app currency purchased with real money and used to tip others. It seems creators can set a rate for their services, with the final product delivered to your inbox. In all, your custom video could take longer than a week to arrive as TikTok appears to be reviewing the clips first. After all, it doesn’t want the feature to become the new OnlyFans

TikTok seemingly views shoutouts as way for users to request happy birthday greetings and pep talks from popular creators. Though, it’s currently unclear how many followers a person needs to have in order to make money from shoutouts. Based on the ingenuity of its talent base, you can probably expect some of the results to be more creative than direct-to-camera chats. 

TikTok isn’t the only social app emulating Cameo. Facebook is also working on “Super,” a service that lets users pay to interact with influencers in live streams. Meanwhile, Cameo is doing gangbusters, according to its management. Last year, the video requests service raked in gross revenue of $100 million, 75 percent of which was paid to talent, reports Variety. That was up 4.5 times from 2019, with the app’s celeb users delivering 1.3 million shoutouts in 2020 alone. 

Cameo was recently valued at $1 billion after raising $100 million from the venture capital arms of Google, Amazon and Japanese tech giant SoftBank.

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TikTok’s AI is being sold to other companies


TikTok’s AI is no longer a secret — in fact, it’s now on the open market. The Financial Times has learned that parent company ByteDance quietly launched a BytePlus division that sells TikTok technology, including the recommendation algorithm. Customers can also buy computer vision tech, real-time effects and automated translations, among other features.

BytePlus debuted in June and is based in Singapore, although it has presences in Hong Kong and London. The company is looking to register trademarks in the US, although it’s not certain if the firm has an American presence at this stage.

There are already at least a few customers. The American fashion app Goat is already using BytePlus code, as are the Indonesian online shopping company Chilibeli and the travel site WeGo.

ByteDance wouldn’t comment on its plans for BytePlus.

A move like this wouldn’t be surprising, even if it might remove some of TikTok’s cachet. It could help ByteDance compete with Amazon, Microsoft and other companies selling behind-the-scenes tools to businesses. It might also serve as a hedge. TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin might be close to plateauing, and selling their tech could keep the money flowing.

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TikTok video length triples for all users

TikTok videos are getting longer, with the short clip social network tripling the maximum length of footage it allows. Since it launched – and became a Gen Z mainstay – TikTok has supported up to 60 seconds of video, and users have amply demonstrated that’s more than enough to go viral at times. Now, though, TikTok has clearly decided that … Continue reading

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How to Name Your Sounds on TikTok

When you upload a video to TikTok without using any of the app’s built-in sounds, TikTok creates an audio file in addition to your video file. If you give your TikTok audio file a creative name, other TikTok users may come across it and want to use it in their own videos. This can help make both your sound and your TikTok account more popular. This wikiHow will show you how to name your own sounds on TikTok.


  1. Open the TikTok app. It’s the black icon with a white music note inside. You can find it on your home screen, in your app list, or by searching.
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  2. Upload a TikTok video containing the sound you want to use. Use the video recorder to record the sound you want to use on TikTok. Once the video is uploaded, you’ll be able to change the name of the sound.

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    • Make sure not to apply any of TikTok’s sounds to the video when uploading.
    • If TikTok is able to identify any music playing in the background, your video will be categorized with the other videos with the same music, and you will not be able to name the audio.
    • When you upload the video/sound, you may want to set it to private so that others can’t see what you are working on until you are finished.
  3. Tap the profile icon. It’s the outline of a person at the bottom-right corner. This displays your uploaded videos.
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  4. Tap the video with the sound you want to rename. This plays the video.
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  5. Tap the record icon. It’s at the bottom-right corner of the video—look for the record icon containing your profile photo that’s surrounded by musical notes.
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    • If you just uploaded the video, you may have to wait a couple of minutes for the icon to appear.
  6. Tap the pencil icon next to “original sound.” Your sound is called “original sound” by default, and you’ll see that at the top of the page. Tapping the pencil icon allows you to change the sound’s name to something else.
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    • You will only be able to change the name of your sound once, so make sure you choose something you’ll want to keep.
  7. Type a name for your sound. Tap the typing area to open the keyboard. Be sure not to use a title that violates someone else’s intellectual property rights—for example, you wouldn’t want to name your sound after a popular artist and song title.
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  8. Tap . It’s at the top-right corner. This saves the name of your audio file. You can now use this audio file in any of your videos.
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    • If you want other people to be able to use your sound in their own videos, the sound’s original video will need to be public.

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