Following the ban of TikTok in India, YouTube launched its ‘shorts’ in India earlier last year. While the company expanded the beta in several other countries, the feature was unavailable for users in the US. Earlier today, the streaming giant has announced that users in the states can now use the feature.
In case you didn’t know, India banned total of 59 Chinese apps in the region due to ongoing political tensions between two countries. TikTok was one of the apps included in the list of apps.
In order to make it easier for users to navigate through the new feature, YouTube now contains a special row. Thanks to the new addition, users will be able to tap on the Shorts and swipe through them vertically.
Apart from the expansion, YouTube announced several more tools to the feature. For instance, content creators will now be able to remix audio samples from other Shorts videos to create new content. Over the coming months, the company will allow users to remix sample audio from all of videos on the platform.
Additionally, users can now insert texts at certain points in clips. In order to prevent copyright claims, YouTube has signed new deal with over 250 record labels. While YouTube is planning on monetizing the feature, the company hasn’t shared specifics as it is still considering various options