The popular short video app, TikTok is now experimenting on several new creator tools, comprising Bitmoji-like avatars, keyword filtering for the For You Page, group chats, audio-only livestreams, screen sharing on livestreams, and Twitch-like subscription features, which would enable content creators to make subscriber-only emotes and subscriber-only comment sections. These new creator tools in progress were spotted by social media analyst Matt Navarra.
TikTok Aims to Bring Value to the Community and Enrich the App’s Experience
These leaks should be accepted at face value — just because TikTok is playing around with the latest idea doesn’t mean it will launch in the app. But, developing features can sometimes provide insight into a platform’s plans. “We’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience,” stated a TikTok spokesperson.
The official TikTok spokesperson also confirmed that these new creator tools are indeed being regarded, but stressed that when TikTok tries out new ideas, the goal is to get feedback from users — the resulting feature could appear vastly different from what we view in leaks.
Some of these leaked features have already been publicly tested in some shape, like paid creator subscriptions. However, subscriber-only emotes and comment sections — which borrow directly from Twitch. Furthermore, the keyword filtering feature — which is similar to Twitter’s muted words feature — has already been noted as part of TikTok’s ongoing effort to clean up its For You Page.
TikTok is Also Working on Bitmoji-Like Avatars in the Series of New Creator Tools
“We’re working on a feature that would let people choose words or hashtags associated with content they don’t want to see in their For You feed,” TikTok wrote in a December blog post. The other rumored ideas, such as Bitmoji-like avatars and audio-only livestreams, point toward other possible avenues for TikTok’s growth.