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TikTok might launch standalone photo app

2024-03-12 19:59 by


After rivaling music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple music with TikTok Music, ByteDance might be looking at creating an Instagram competitor named TikTok Photos, code found in the TikTok app suggests.

Although TikTok currently lets users share multiple photos in slideshow-style videos, it seems it is gearing up to level up the photo-sharing game with TikTok Photos. The code hints at a more focused photo experience, and here's the kicker - it looks like users will have the option to sync their existing photo posts from the main TikTok app.

The ByteDance-owned platform is competing on multiple fronts as it is planning to take on the likes of YouTube with 30-minute videos. Last July, the platform added text posts to rival platforms like X and Threads. Through this update, users could already add photo posts to the network, but the company could be working on a separate platform to make photos stand out.

At the same time, TikTok Photos could come at a bad time for ByteDance, the company that owns the platform. That's because the United States House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill that could ban TikTok from the US. In a statement to the press last Friday, President Joe Biden said that if Congress passes the bill, he will sign it.

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