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  • Writer's pictureKatelyn Sosebee

Tik tok, tik tok, is time running out for TikTok?

With the possible ban of TikTok by Bill S. 686, otherwise known as the RESTRICT Act, looming over the Internet, other social media apps are lining up to take its place as one of the most popular platforms amongst Millennials and Gen Z.

Already used apps like Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat are tough competitors with their recent developments of Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, and Snapchat Spotlight that all mimic TikTok’s much loved short form video sharing characteristic. However, lesser known apps are being shared across TikTok creators such as Triller, Huddles, and Lemon8 as backup options for if the feared day comes where accessing TikTok within the United States is banned.

Triller and Huddles are American apps that allow for users to create and share short videos that can be synchronized to music, and they are both available for IOS and Android.

Lemon8 is a social media platform that is owned by ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok. The app is described to be a mixture of Pinterest and Instagram that lets users post still photos. Recently released in the U.S., the app has garnered about 4.25 million U.S. users. Despite the trendiness however, there could be a future legal battle fought over the data collection of Lemon8 too due to ByteDance still being the parent company as we are seeing with TikTok.

With the RESTRICT Act currently sitting in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, following the legal process the next step is for the bill to be brought before the Senate and voted on. Current American led companies like Meta are lobbying for this ban to go through because of the potential benefits to their own companies.


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