So, I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with the app: Tiktok, and the hugely complex (and honestly quite self absorbed in some cases) culture that comes with it. Instagram recently copied tik tok with their own version: “Instagram Reels”
The question is: Which is better?
Both of them have their pros and cons, which I will list below:
- Very well known
- Well developed with many complex features
- Easy enough to use
- Intricate algorithms which allow you to engage with (mostly) content you are interested in
Very difficult for any kind of minority to gain a large following due to shadowbanning, faulty and bigoted algorithms and very intense use of ‘pretty privilege’. These accounts also get randomly banned for no reason quite often.
Due to the algorithms, Tik Tok has become an echo chamber for people’s ideas. Someone will spout a problematic and bigoted opinion, and have it only pop up on people who’s fyps mirror that opinion. This creates the false assumption for the original creator that their opinion is popular and correct, leading them to possibly base entire movements around them, turning a harmless post into a derogatory and toxic environment for others, often ending up in severe cyber-bullying. (the super-straight thing is a good example, as are opinions on controversial topics)
Cyber-bullying is very much present on the app and normalised too, and it’s quite hard to report at times
I’m not really familiar with Instagram reels’ stuff so if any @Discussions would like to contibute to that or add to tik tok’s feel free! ^^