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Facebook’s TikTok clone Lasso will close this month

Facebook shuts down Lasso, the heavily TikTok-inspired video app it launched in 2018. CNNKerry Flynn saw the messages sent to users, told them that the app will not be usable after July 10, and advised them to download all videos they want to keep.

Ex-TechCrunch editor Josh Constine notes Facebook seems to be turning off Lasso when the focus is on Instagram’s Reels feature. Reels is a video editing tool that lets users record and edit TikTok-style videos that they can then post on their Instagram stories, send via DM, or post to a new section of the Explore tab called Top Reels. The feature launched in Brazil last year and expanded to France and Germany last week, according to TechCrunch.

Lasso was only ever available in select markets worldwide. TechCrunch reports that in addition to being available in the US, the app was also available in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador and Uruguay from February.

Lasso is not the only Facebook-owned service that will close on July 10. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Facebook also shuts down Hobbi, an experimental Pinterest-like app designed to help people document personal projects. Hobbi was working with Facebook’s team for new product experiments and was first launched in February this year.

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