TikTok Testing Paid Service Without Ads: Will it Follow in Competitors’ Footsteps?


TikTok is testing a paid mode

TikTok, the popular short video platform, is currently testing a paid subscription service without advertising. This move comes as TikTok aims to diversify its sources of revenue and follow in the footsteps of its competitors.

An article published by Android Authority reveals that they have found code elements suggesting the existence of a paid version of TikTok. This paid version would offer users an ad-free experience and is expected to be priced at $4.9 per month. TechCrunch also confirms that TikTok is indeed testing this paid version, although it is being tested on a small scale in an English-speaking country that is not the United States.

It is uncertain whether this test will lead to a global launch or expansion to other countries, but if successful, it could provide TikTok with a new stream of revenue. The paid version is expected to hide targeted ads displayed on the social network, but not paid influencer partnerships. Other potential benefits of the paid service are yet to be confirmed.

TikTok is following suit

TikTok, known for its innovative video format, has often inspired other platforms in the past. However, this time TikTok is testing a monetization system already employed by its competitors. Social networks such as X, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube already offer paid subscriptions to their users.

The introduction of a paid version of TikTok could attract a significant number of social media users who are willing to pay for an ad-free experience. This move would not only benefit TikTok by diversifying its income sources but also provide users with the choice between a version with advertising and a version without.

By adopting this paid subscription model, TikTok aims to be more resilient in the face of challenges in the online advertising market. Furthermore, users will have the option to support the platform while enjoying an uninterrupted user experience.

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