TikTok Testing Instagram-Inspired Features: Report
The popular video-sharing app TikTok is launching a host of new features that seem to have been inspired by Facebook-owned Instagram. The features were discovered by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who posted screengrabs of the features on Twitter.
The purported Instagram-inspired features include a grid-style layout, an account switcher, and a Discover page, among others.
The TikTok spokesperson, however, declined to offer further details about the company’s plans but confirmed the features were things the company is working on.
TikTok is working on grid feed layout.
It works like Instagram’s Explore feed pic.twitter.com/gnhaRyiSx2
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 18, 2019
Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok.
Jason Toff, who earlier served as the General Manager for Twitter’s short-video sharing service Vine, has joined as Facebook’s Product Management Director
he leads the company’s recently formed New Product Experimentation (NPE) team.
While Toff said he could not reveal details of what he is working on, his Twitter post mentioned he is looking to hire a team of UX designers and engineers to work on the project.
TikTok has 700 million users globally, out of which nearly 200 million are in India.