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TikTok Photos: A New Era in Social Media Sharing Sparks Rivalry with Instagram

TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, is reportedly launching a new photo-centric social media platform called TikTok Photos. The discovery was made through hidden text found in the code of the latest version of TikTok's Android app. The new platform will allow users to synchronise their photo posts between regular TikTok and TikTok Photos.

In the midst of ongoing debates about banning TikTok in the United States, parent company ByteDance seems to be gearing up to launch a new photo-centric social media platform. A recent report has uncovered text hidden within the code of the latest version of TikTok's Android app, hinting at the development of an all-new "TikTok Photos" app. This move is seen as a direct challenge to its arch-rival, Instagram, and could provide users with a fresh platform for sharing photos online.


The discovery was made by AssembleDebug, a well-known app sleuth, who stumbled upon the text revealing plans for the upcoming TikTok Photos platform. According to the findings, the new app is set to launch "soon" and will allow users to synchronise their photo posts between regular TikTok and the new service. Additionally, TikTok users will receive automatic prompts to share their photo posts via a pop-up message within the TikTok app.


The text string found within the code reads as follows: "TikTok Photos will be launched soon, we hope to help you gain new audiences in the new app. If the switch is on, we'll sync your public photos to the new app, whether you close the pop-up or not."


Further investigation also revealed the presence of the TikTok Photos icon within the current TikTok app, as captured by AssembleDebug. This suggests that the development of the new platform is well underway.

Additional text strings found within the app include phrases such as "Open TikTok Photos," "Get TikTok Photos," "Share this post to TikTok Photos," "Share," "Your post has been shared to TikTok Photos," "On TikTok Photos," "Share to TikTok Photos," and "Reach other like-minded people who enjoy photo posts." These hints indicate that users will have various options to share their TikTok photo posts to TikTok Photos without leaving the current app, encouraging them to explore the new platform and reach a wider audience.


While there is no specific information regarding the launch date of the TikTok Photos service, it is clear that Instagram should brace itself for some fierce competition. It remains to be seen whether the new app will be able to navigate any potential TikTok ban in the United States.

 
  • TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, is reportedly launching a new photo-centric social media platform called TikTok Photos.

  • The discovery was made through hidden text found in the code of the latest version of TikTok's Android app.

  • The new platform will allow users to synchronise their photo posts between regular TikTok and TikTok Photos.


Source: FORBES

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