Likee - Formerly LIKE Video

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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TikTok rival with racy content, ineffectual parent controls.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 56 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Mostly intuitive.

Violence

There are occasional videos that feature violence, but it's infrequent.

Sex

Music often contains sexual references, and user-created content can include provocative dancing and tight or skimpy clothing.

Language

Many of the songs contain profanity.

Consumerism

Players can pay to own hashtags and earn real-world money by gathering likes during special events.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some songs make references to drinking or drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Likee - Formerly LIKE Video is a free video creation and editing app similar to TikTok that lets users star in their own music videos and share them online. All posts are public, though users can control who can message them: everyone or friends. Because of suggestive content and viewers being able to send messages to individual video makers, it's best for older teens. Viewers can also share and comment on other users' video content, which could result in inappropriate or mean commentary, though teens can control who messages them. During special hashtag events, users can earn real-world money by gathering likes, and the most popular videos appear on leaderboards and on the app's front page. There are parental controls available that are meant to filter content and disable features like private messages and live broadcasts. However, during our review, plenty of mature content was still served up, even with parental controls enabled. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the kinds of information collected and shared. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe Netherlands April 27, 2019

Don't Let your kids use this app!!

Is a danger to the kids! There are grown up People trying to take advantage of our kids!I am disgusted!I can not delete the account of my daughter! I hope that... Continue reading
Adult Written byBUGBOY11 October 2, 2018

PARENTS BEWARE!!

I caught my 10 year old using this app without me knowing. When looking it over there is no regard to personal privacy at all. It is way too easy for minor k... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHerghelegiu Rada November 16, 2019

Rada

I love likee
Kid, 9 years old May 16, 2020

Awful

It’s awful, child predators in the app saving other kids videos and doing whatever with them. 40 year old men commenting on kids videos. They also ban you for N... Continue reading

What's it about?

LIKEE – FORMERLY LIKE VIDEO  offers all manner of fun ways to create short music videos and share them through social media. Choose your music, record your video, and then speed your footage up, slow it down, or add stickers, filters, effects, and explosions to it. In addition to having access to a free music library, you can upload your own music, as well as add animations and effects to existing video. Enter special themed events and earn real-world cash by racking up likes, and grow your audience by browsing videos made by amateur videographers from around the world.  That also means that kids can spend real money. All posts are public, though there is some control over who can send you messages and comment on your videos. There are parental controls available, but parents shouldn't rely on their effectiveness.

Is it any good?

This is a legitimate TikTok competitor because of its cool tools and relative popularity, but it still has snafus for younger teens. Not only are the tools in Likee - Formerly LIKE Video fun and easy to use, but its user base is large enough to make browsing worthwhile. Registration's easy (though the app does ask for your location and wants to connect with your other social media accounts or your phone), and making videos requires only a handful of taps. In addition to music clips of every possible genre, you can beef up your clips with dialogue from popular TV commercials, shows, and movies or create your own audio.

The app is meant for teens and above, but there's a good amount of content created by the under-10 set, which is problematic considering the suggestive content. And while posting silly clips and gathering likes is all in good fun, kids who get mean comments or don't get the likes and leaderboard status they're looking for could feel bad. Overall, however, during the review process, comments on videos were overwhelmingly positive. That said, there's plenty of swearing, sexy clothes and dancing, and references to substance use. And while the inclusion of passcode-protected parental controls is a welcome addition, they don't seem to filter out much mature content. Even with them enabled, there was still plenty of racy stuff to see. The biggest advantage seems to be preventing private messages, which might give some parents peace of mind. For older teens who understand what's appropriate to post, can keep negative comments in perspective, and are ready for some mature content, it offers a good deal of free entertainment and opportunities for some creativity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about age-appropriate content in apps like Likee - Formerly LIKE Video and setting limits for what's safe and OK to post online.

  • Discuss how "likes" relate to self-esteem. How important is it to your kid to have an online following? What does it mean to get likes?

  • Think about how real-world talent is reflected through online notoriety. Does the one naturally result in the other?

App details

For kids who love social networking and creative apps

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