HotToks: Lemon8, Hailey vs. Selena Drama, & Screen Limits for Teens
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September 18, 2023
Welcome back to HotToks. This edition we report on ByteDance's new app Lemon8, the Hailey Bieber vs. Selena Gomez drama, & a new feature update, screen limits for teens.
ByteDance’s New Venture, Lemon8
TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, has quietly launched yet another social media app, Lemon8, described as “Instagram meets Pinterest.” While the app launched in Japan a few years back, Lemon8 just made headway in the UK and the US as of late. And for weeks, ByteDance has been paying creators in the UK to post on the app.
The picture-based app is described as a “lifestyle community,” and the feed is separated by a “Following” and a “For You” page but can be sorted into content categories like makeup, food, and fashion. There’s also an Instagram Explore page, #doop, which shows content organized by hashtags.
As for how creators feel, according to Insider, they mentioned how time-consuming it was to create content for Lemon8 and how much more effort is required because of the length and detail necessary in captions and posts. But if RED is any indication of success, we’d better keep our eyes peeled on Lemon8 (pun intended, always).
#TeamHailey or #TeamSelena?
YOU GUYS. Get a snack; we have a lot to discuss. First of all, subscribe if you’re #TeamSelena, and if you’re not, you’re dismissed.
The shots just kept firing; fans were reminded that Justin married Hailey only months after his long-term relationship with Selena, which still doesn’t sit well with them. To make matters worse, clips have bubbled up to the surface of Hailey quite literally being one of the biggest Beliebers (and #Jelenators?) the world has ever seen—I mean, it’s literally top-notch. And not just of Justin’s. She was a stan of the #Jelena relationship. Also, some moments of Hailey saying the exact same things as Selena don’t look great for her either, making fans believe that she actually wanted to become Selena. Not her being coined “Hailey Goldberg” as a reference to Joe Goldberg from Netflix’s You.
The cherry on top? Many paparazzi videos have shown Justin Bieber seemingly not really caring about his wife (“hailey bieber paparazzi embarrassing” has 36.5M+ views on TikTok), which have since been compared to the way he was with Selena in front of paparazzi during the time they were together. At this point, it’s just comical. But I can’t stop. I’m in too deep.
TikTok New Feature Alert: Screen Time Limits for Teens
New Feature Alert:all users under 18 will receive a screentime limit after 60 minutes of use, automatically set up by TikTok. And more time on the platform can be unlocked only with a self-set passcode. Now we all know this is not foolproof, “TikTok says that it will force teen users to make an active decision in their content consumption.” And for users under 13, a parent/guardian must set the passcode for them.