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YouTube has secretly built its own TikTok rival called Shorts – and it’s nearly ready to launch

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YOUTUBE is reportedly launching a short video user-generated content app that could rival TikTok.

The new app is thought to be appropriately named "Shorts".

According to The Information, Shorts will allow users to upload brief videos to a feed style platform.

The publication also claims users will be able to use YouTube's catalogue of music for their videos.

This already sounds a lot like TikTok.

The established video app features a lot of people dancing and lip-syncing to popular songs.

Reports indicate TikTok has seen a growth of 125% over the last two years.

The Information noted that TikTok had 842 million first-time downloads over the past year.

Other tech giants seem to want a piece of this action.

Facebook has also created a short-video sharing app called Lasso.

It's thought that Shorts will appear inside the existing YouTube app.

Experts predict it will launch by the end of this year.

We have reached out to YouTube for comment.

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