TikTok Introduces New Paywalled 20-Minute Video Feature

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  • TikTok on Tuesday announced another avenue for creators to monetize their videos on the short-form social media app.
  • The new feature, called Series, will allow select creators to share longer videos that will be available for purchase behind a paywall.
  • Each Series can include up to 80 videos that can be as long as 20 minutes each. Creators will be able to select the cost of their paywalled content.

TikTok on Tuesday announced another avenue for creators to monetize their videos on the social media app.

The new feature, called Series, will allow select creators to share longer videos that will be available for purchase behind a paywall. Each "Series" can include up to 80 videos that can be as long as 20 minutes each. Individual creators will be able to select the price of their paywalled content.

Users have previously only been able to share 15-second, 1-minute, 3-minute or 10-minute videos on TikTok.

The new feature will further heat up the competition with platforms like YouTube — which is known for its long-form videos. But competition between YouTube and TikTok is not new. In August 2021, YouTube introduced YouTube Shorts as a direct alternative to TikTok. Other companies such as Meta and Snap have also introduced short-form video features to try and counter TikTok's meteoric rise in the U.S.

TikTok said in a release that the Series option is currently available to a select group of creators. The company plans to open up applications for others to enroll in the coming months.

Data privacy concerns have been swirling around TikTok because of its parent company, ByteDance, which is based in China and is privately held.

Last week, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance legislation that would give President Joe Biden the authority to ban TikTok. Sen. On Tuesday afternoon, Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., are set to introduce a new bipartisan bill that will empower the Secretary of Commerce to take action against certain foreign technology companies, including China's ByteDance.

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