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Using AI to Promote Your Business? New TikTok Labels Will Let Everyone Know AI-generated content from OpenAI, Microsoft, and even Google, will soon be clearly labeled on TikTok.

By Sherin Shibu

Key Takeaways

  • TikTok is rolling out new, automatic labels for AI content.
  • The label applies to content created from other big tech companies, too.
  • The move is notable because it allows TikTok to cross-check AI content with companies like Google using a universal standard.

A new label makes it crystal clear when a TikTok creator uses AI-generated content, even from a different platform.

TikTok announced on Thursday that it is automatically labeling AI-generated content — even if users went to outside companies such as OpenAI, Google, or Microsoft, to obtain it.

Beginning on Thursday, TikTok will automatically tack an "AI-generated" label to AI images and videos from other tech companies, like an image created with Adobe Firefly. All global TikTok users will see the change as it rolls out in the coming weeks.

Business owners who use TikTok to attract or grow an audience will now have viewers see "AI-generated" if they post AI content. This could help them tap into AI trends or differentiate their brand.

The label could also help viewers distinguish between AI deepfakes that use someone's likeness or voice and real people.

TikTok's automatic "AI-generated" labels are notable because they mark the first time a social media platform will cross-check AI content with other big tech companies using a universal standard. TikTok will use content credential technology from the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity, which Adobe and Microsoft co-founded.

Content credentials are metadata tags that brush AI content with an invisible watermark, which TikTok's systems can then detect.

TikTok is the first social media platform to support content credentials. It was one of 20 tech companies that signed a pledge earlier this year to prevent AI-related election interference.

Related: TikTok Sues U.S. to Block Ban, Sale Mandate, Says Divesting From ByteDance 'Not Possible'

The cross-platform label enforces TikTok's months-long effort to differentiate AI-created work from human work. TikTok asked creators to label AI content themselves and started testing automatic labels beginning in September.

TikTokers who use the platform's in-built AI tools already get the "AI-generated" stamp on their videos.

TikTok faces a potential ban in the U.S., where it has until January 2025 to separate from its parent company ByteDance, or face removal from app stores. The platform has 170 million U.S. users.

Related: ByteDance Would Rather Shut Down TikTok in the U.S. than Sell It

Sherin Shibu

Entrepreneur Staff

News Reporter

Sherin Shibu is a business news reporter at Entrepreneur.com. She previously worked for PCMag, Business Insider, The Messenger, and ZDNET as a reporter and copyeditor. Her areas of coverage encompass tech, business, strategy, finance, and even space. She is a Columbia University graduate.

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