Video streaming giant YouTube continues to experiment with new features for ‘Shorts’, its short-form video product rivalling TikTok, Instagram’s Reels and Snapchat’s Spotlight. The company is now testing a new feature which will allow viewers to create Shorts featuring comments below the videos they’re watching.
‘’While creators are already able to reply to comments (posted on their own content) with a Short, we want to explore offering viewers the opportunity to create content from comments as well,’’ the company wrote on a YouTube Help page, where the Team YouTube Community Managers introduce some of their existing feature experiments.
The feature, dubbed ‘’viewer-created Shorts featuring comments’’, is currently being tested with a small group of Android and iOS users around the world, the company said.
The Shorts content created by the viewer will be visible in the Shorts feed and on the viewer’s channel page, but YouTube won’t send any notifications to the creator of the video and the author of the comment.
Creators can not prevent their comments from being used in a Short, but they can turn off comments on their posts instead, the company added.
While the company’s currently testing the feature, it remains unknown for now when it will be expanded globally, or if it will ever be launched at all.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, YouTube also began sharing 45% of Shorts ads revenue with creators, offering them more ways to make money on its platform.