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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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TikTok rolls out tools to bulk delete and report comments, block users

TikTok today is introducing a feature that will allow creators to deal with online abuse in an easier way. The company is launching new tools that will allow creators to bulk delete comments and block users, instead of having to moderate comments one-by-one. The update may be somewhat controversial, as it allows creators to curate a persona where the content they’ve posted is seemingly well-received, when in reality, it had a lot of pushback or correction from the broader TikTok community.

Twitter had faced this same issue in the past, and ultimately split the difference between giving the original poster control over the conversation or ceding that control to the Twitter user base at large. With Twitter’s “Hidden Replies” feature, it allow users to tuck all the unhelpful and rude comments behind an extra click — that way, the replies themselves were not removed entirely, but they weren’t allowed to derail a conversation.

TikTok, on the other hand, is putting full control in the hands of the creator. That’s a more Facebook-like approach, where users can delete anything they want from appearing on their own user profile — including comments on their posts that they don’t like.

Image Credits: TikTok; image shows the bulk delete tool (why is the user deleting nice comments, though?)

This may be the right choice for TikTok, since its social network is mainly designed to have conversations through videos. Video formats like duets and stitches allow TikTok users to react and reply to other content on the site, while also creating new content that raises a creator’s own profile. Some creators use this to their advantage. They single out others who’ve posted something they disagree with — often content that toes the line between being a “bad opinion” and one that violates rules around misinformation. They then duet or stitch (or green screen duet) that content to share their own thoughts on the subject.

However, this process can send a brigade of angry fans over to the other video, where they proceed to troll and harass the original poster. (To what extent that’s a warranted reaction may depend on your own stance on the post and the politics in question.)

TikTok says such abuse can be “discouraging.” It certainly has been for some of TikTok’s early stars, like Charli D’Amelio, a teenage girl who somehow rocketed to TikTok stardom, where she now has nearly 116 million followers. D’Amelio has begun to speak more publicly about the downsides of her online fame, saying she now finds it difficult to find enjoyment on TikTok due the mounting criticism she receives there. This includes the abusive remarks she received, the body shaming, and dealing with the competitive, dishonest nature of the influencer set, among other things.

The new bulk delete feature doesn’t solve these problems, but it may allow creators to clean up their comment section and block trolls quickly enough that they can re-establish some semblance of control over their profile.

To use the new feature, users can long-press on a comment or tap the pencil icon in the upper-left corner to open a window of options. From here, they can select up to 100 comments or accounts instead of going one-by-one, making it easier to delete or report multiple comments or block users in bulk.

TikTok says the new feature is rolling out first to Great Britain, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Thailand, and will continue to expand to other markets globally in the weeks to come, including the U.S.

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TikTok adds new comment controls to discourage bullying

TikTok is introducing new features meant to reduce bullying and harassment on its platform: new comment controls and in-app prompts to discourage nasty comments.

The app is expanding its comment filtering tools to give users the ability to approve all new comments before they can appear underneath their clips. With the change, new comments will be hidden until the account owner approves them. The company notes that it already lets users filter comments based on keywords, but that the new setting provides an additional layer of control.

TikTok's new anti-bullying features give users more control of their comments.


TikTok is also adding a feature meant to proactively stop bullying before it happens. When it detects that a particular comment may break its rules, the app will prompt users to “reconsider” before posting. The feature is similar to one created by Instagram, which warns users when it detects a potentially rule-breaking remark. Like Instagram, TikTok won’t prevent users from posting the comment in question, but will give them the opportunity to change their words.

TikTok has tightened its rules around bullying in recent months. The company updated its community guidelines in December to add more specifics around its anti-bullying and harassment policies. It’s also working with a group of outside experts who advise the company on content policies and moderation rules.

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