Lasso - Short, Fun Videos

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Facebook-created TikTok clone has some growing to do.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

No tutorial, so users will have to be familiar with this style of app to use it. This involves a fair bit of trial and error. Once you figure it out, though, it's quite easy. 

Violence

All content is user-generated and could contain violence. Only slapstick violence observed during review.

Sex

All content is user-generated and could contain sexual elements. Some sexy stuff observed during review, including revealing clothing, dancing suggestively, singing provocative lyrics. 

Language

Songs are not "radio safe," so you'll hear plenty of F-bombs and other obscenities in videos. 

Consumerism

No ads or in-app purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol and cigarettes sometimes appear in people's videos. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lasso - Short, Fun Videos is a short-form video app that allows users to record themselves lip-syncing to songs, recording original comedy shorts, and more. It's made by Facebook and is meant to copy some of the more popular features of TikTok - Real Short Videos, which has become a phenomenon with tweens and teens. Teens need a Facebook account to log in to the app. Because the app is filled with user-generated content, what you'll see and the age-appropriateness of it will vary from moment to moment. Songs are uncensored, so profanity is frequent. Users also dance suggestively, and alcohol and cigarettes sometimes appear in videos. Parents will also want to closely monitor how long kids are on the app, as it can become an obsession for some. Note that there's no way to have a private account, so all videos and profiles are public. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

On LASSO - SHORT, FUN VIDEOS, users can create videos of pretty much anything they desire and often come up with some tremendously creative offerings, whether videos set to music or sketch pieces showing off skills or senses of humor. Skits, lip-syncing, and dancing are the most popular style of video. A variety of shooting speeds lets users take slow-motion shots or move twice as fast as normal. There are no filters, live-streaming, or collaboration features at the moment, however. There does not seem to be a "private" mode, so all accounts and videos are public, and users have the option to also share to Facebook Stories.

Is it any good?

Facebook knows it has an image problem with teens, and it's looking to solve it by offering an app very similar to one they love, but without all of the settings and features, it's unlikely to compete. Given the explosive popularity of TikTok - Real Short Videos with teens and tweens, there couldn't be a better app to clone. But by offering an app that is meant to compete, the company invites comparisons between the two. And on that level, Lasso - Short, Fun Videos falls short. Many popular features in TikTok, like integrating your videos with another user's, and basic features such as filters aren't available. And since much of its user base doesn't see the need for a Facebook account, there's a sign-up hurdle. 

On top of this, Lasso has some of the same issues as TikTok. The popular music featured (and it's an extensive collection) is filled with iffy content of all kinds. And, unlike TikTok, there's no Digital Well Being mode that lets parents filter out some of the more mature content. Privacy is a trickier matter, as videos posted to the app are visible to anyone who clicks a hashtag you've chosen, and there's no way to only share with friends. There's no search feature, though, so you can't seek out someone's videos. On top of all of this, the app locks up fairly regularly, forcing you to hard-close it and start over. Ultimately, it has all of the same concerns as TikTok with a few additional ones, some glitches, and fewer features.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family rules for privacy and social networks. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private. Can your kid share videos publicly on apps like Lasso - Short, Fun Videos or only with friends on other platforms?

  • Talk about what's appropriate for your kid in terms of profanity and sexual references in songs they perform to. 

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