20 February 2019
As reported earlier a few weeks ago, Facebook has now quietly released a short video maker app named Lasso. The app is primarily aimed at teenagers and is a replica of the popular app TikTok (previously Musically). It means you will get almost all those features which made TikTok popular in the first place.
The core functionality of Lasso is pretty straightforward where the user creates a short video clip with the option of adding effects and even music to the background. While Facebook did not make any formal announcement about the release except for a tweet, the app description gives a fair idea of what it brings to the table. One of the interesting claims made by the company is the availability of a "massive music library" which it is hoping would attract teens away from TikTok.
Since it is an app from Facebook, the users will have log-in to the app using their Facebook or Instagram account. For those rare people who still not have one of the two accounts but still wants to use this new app, there is an option to create a new account on any of these platforms. Once registered, the app will allow users to create their own content, follow other users, and search for content using hashtags. It also offers an option to share one's videos to Facebook Stories with just one tap.
The app is currently restricted to users residing in the United States with no words on the global rollout yet. Although, The Verge notes that the app already has a good amount of content spread across different forms. This suggests that the app was made available to select users beforehand which is likely to be for testing purposes.
If you are in the US and would like to try out the app, you can get it for free by clicking the links below. It is available for Android and iOS devices via their respective app stores.
- Lasso | Android | Google Play Store, Free
- Lasso | iOS | iTunes App Store, Free