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New TikTok Update Will Support 10-Minute Long Videos

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Popular social media platform, TikTok is notably one of the most used apps globally – serving users with short-form video content from creators of several genres.

The platform which is owned by the Chinese-based company, ByteDance Ltd boasts millions of creators churning out straight-to-the-point videos without the need for a long storyline.

With many active users on the platform, TikTok has been labelled a top competitor for other social media platforms that eventually updated their services to include straight-to-the-point videos – platforms like Meta’s Instagram and Facebook (Instagram Reels and Facebook Reels, respectively) as well as Google’s YouTube (YouTube Shorts) and Snapchat (Snapchat Spotlight).

However, a recent update from ByteDance Ltd reveals that TikTok’s newest update will now accommodate the creation of longer videos of up to ten minutes long.

Over the years, users have watched TikTok’s creation length for videos evolve and this is just another evolution of the widely used social media platform. Initially, TikTok, upon launch, started out with a 15-seconds limit for creators. It was then extended to 60-seconds and then 3 minutes. And with this new update, creators can now make videos for up to ten minutes long.

While it may seem that the company is gradually shifting from its original short-form regulation, the company had disclosed that this update is coming in handy to build a better user experience for creators to unleash their “full potential.”

However, this announcement still positions the social media platform as one of the strong competitors for YouTube and Instagram. The two platforms with arguably an equal amount of user database, have been battling for dominance in the creator space and evidently, this update may force other platforms to react with the rolling of similar updates (or better).

A few creators have also suspected that this update may come with a policy that allows ads on TikTok. While this may be true, the possibility of that happening wasn’t disclosed by the company. However, they have disclosed that the feature update is said to be rolled out in the coming weeks ahead – we can only wait and look out for TikTok updates on the various mobile application stores.

 

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Twitter Set to Launch Full-Screen Video Feature to Enable Improved View And Videos Discovery

Microblogging and Social media platform Twitter has announced that it is adding a new feature on the platform which is a scrollable video feed similar to that of TikTok.

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Microblogging and Social media platform Twitter has announced that it is adding a new feature on the platform which is a scrollable video feed similar to that of TikTok.

The social media company disclosed that this new feature will make it easier for users to watch and discover videos on the platform.

With the launch of the feature in the coming days, iOS users will be able to click on a video in their feed to enter the new scrollable video feed. Once they are done watching the video they clicked on, they will be able to scroll up to start browsing more video content.

This will take them to a scrollable feed of videos, which is similar to the browsing experience on TikTok. If they want to exit the viewer and go back to the original tweet, they can click on the back arrow in the top left corner.

According to Twitter, it stated that the purpose of this new immersive media viewer is to make it easier for users to discover engaging videos.

Although the social network didn’t disclose when the feature will roll out to users on Android devices. Users will see a new “Videos for you” category that will display popular and trending videos that the app thinks you would be interested in.

Twitter began the testing of the new video feature in December 2021 to give users a more personalized Explore page. In this test, Twitter turned the entire Explore page into a video feed, complete with a “For You” tab.

With the recent changes announced, Twitter isn’t focused on replacing the entire Explore page with a TikTok-like feed. The company’s approach to a TikTok-like feed can be seen as a somewhat optional, considering that it isn’t directly imposing it users, as the previous TikTok-like video feed test did.

People who like scrollable video feeds can access the immersive view if they like, and users who don’t want a video feed can choose to not open up the immersive viewer.

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Video Sharing App TikTok Fined $29 M in The U.K For Breaching Children’s Privacy

TikTok faces a $29 million fine in the U.K after an investigation by the British Government showed that the social media app breached the U.K data protection laws and failed to protect children’s privacy

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Video sharing app TikTok faces a $29 million fine in the U.K after an investigation by the British Government discovered that the social media app breached the U.K data protection laws and failed to protect children’s privacy.

According to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a notice of intent was issued to TikTok and TikTok Information Technologies UK entity, alleging that the social media app breached British rules between May 2018 and July 2020. A notice of intent precedes a potential fine from the regulator.

ICO also explained that TikTok “may have” processed data of children under the age of 13 without parental consent. Additionally, it stated that the company may have failed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent, and easily understood way and processed special category data, without legal grounds to do so.

Special category data refers to sensitive personal data in areas such as sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic and racial origin, political opinions, and genetic and biometric data.

The information commissioner John Edwards while addressing TikTok’s breach of Children’s data protection laws said,

“We all want children to be able to learn and experience the digital world, but with proper data privacy protections.

“Companies providing digital services have a legal duty to put those protections in place, but our provisional view is that TikTok fell short of meeting that requirement.

Edwards also indicated the ICO plans to take enforcement action against other companies. 

“We are currently looking into how over 50 different online services are conforming with the Children’s Code and have six ongoing investigations looking into companies providing digital services who haven’t, in our initial view, taken their responsibilities around child safety seriously enough,”

The UK “Children’s Code,” also known as the age-appropriate design code, seeks to create a safer internet for children by enforcing 15 standards that apps and online services need to follow.

It specifically targets Big Tech names including Meta, YouTube, and TikTok, and is applied to any companies, including those outside the UK, that process personal data of British kids.

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Meta Partners With NAPTIP, Launches ‘AMBER Alert’ to Enable Faster Response Finding Missing Children

Meta has partnered with the National Agency For The Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to launch the ‘AMBER Alert’ program in Nigeria

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Facebook parent company Meta has partnered with the National Agency For The Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) to launch the ‘AMBER Alert’ program in Nigeria to enable faster response in finding missing children as well as enhancing investigation and rescue efforts.

AMBER Alert is an emergency response system that disseminates information about a missing person (usually a child), through media broadcasting or electronic roadway signs.

It also helps with information sharing on Facebook and Instagram whenever a child goes missing. The alerts will include important details about the missing child such as location, photo, description, and other available information that will be provided which can be shared with friends to enhance widespread publicity.

The AMBER Alert Programme was Launched on Facebook in 2015, and since then has assisted in numerous successful child endangerment cases in the US and around the world.

Speaking on the launch of the program in Nigeria, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi said, “We are happy to be partnering with Meta to launch the AMBER Alert Programme on Facebook and Instagram to help ensure faster response in finding missing children.

“With these alerts, more people can be on the lookout for kids reported missing in their vicinity and report all leads to relevant authorities. NAPTIP cherishes every aspect of the intended collaboration and we are indeed glad to be on board with Meta to help find missing children in Nigeria.”

Also speaking at the launch event, Meta’s director of trust and safety, Emily Vacher said “The program is designed to include important information about the missing child such as a photo description, location of the abduction, and other relevant and available information to aid in immediately identifying the missing child.

“Already available across 28 countries globally, we are proud to partner with NAPTIP to make ‘Amber Alerts’ available in Nigeria — the second African country to join this program.

“When there is a reported case of a missing child, the most valuable thing one can do is share information as quickly as possible.

“By working with law enforcement in helping to share the right information with the right people, we hope that missing children will be safely reunited with their families faster.”

Following the launch of AMBER Alerts in Nigeria, Meta and NAPTIP will take out time to educate users on how to identify AMBER Alerts on their  Facebook and Instagram feeds, and also notify them on what to do when they see an alert.

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