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TikTok replaced the voice on its text-to-speech feature, because earlier the actor stating it was her voice filed a lawsuit claiming she never agreed to be featured in the app.

The new voice has already appeared in TikToks over the past day — ironically these videos are people’s comments on the change. The update sounds more robotic and clumsy though still energetic and upbeat. Such changes provide a video with the other atmosphere rather than the droll monotone of the prior voice. The feature works the same way as earlier: users of TikTok type out text and then have it read aloud over their videos, and it’s often used as a narrator.

@wannabe.fairy

PLEASE TIKTOK WHAT IS THIS #fyp #texttospeech

♬ Castaways – The Backyardigans

With this new voice TikTok made a response to a lawsuit against its owner ByteDance earlier this month. Voice actor Bev Standing claimed that her voice actually sounds in the text-to-speech feature and she had never agreed to work with the company. Standing said she had done voice recordings meant to be used for translations, but that she hadn’t authorized use of her voice beyond that specific instance.

The lawsuit concerns the English-language voice used in North America. Videos made prior to the change still feature the old tone.

TikTok has not given any comments on Standing’s lawsuit. either the new voice yet. But the update of the voice demonstrates that the company is taking her lawsuit seriously.

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