Not AGAIN! TikTok copies BeReal with TikTok Now feature that prompts users to share a photo or video within three minutes – less than a month after Instagram began testing copycat tool

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  • BeReal prompts users to take an unfiltered photo every day via the app’s camera
  • App gives users just two minutes to take a shot
  • TikTok has launched its own version called TikTok Now which gives you 3 minutes
  • This comes shortly after Instagram began testing Candidate Challenge copycats

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Since its launch last year, BeReal has become one of the most popular social media apps among the youth who are fascinated by the ‘anti-Instagram’ ethos.

The app prompts users to take an unfiltered photo every day via the app’s camera, which simultaneously captures a selfie and a photo using the rear camera.

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Instead of letting users endlessly re-take their photos to capture their best angle, the app gives users just two minutes to get the shot.

With the rise in popularity, it was only a matter of time before rival apps started copying the simple premise.

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This week, TikTok announced a copycat tool called TikTok Now, while Instagram confirmed last month that it is testing its own candidate challenge feature.

TikTok announced the new TikTok Now feature in a blog on its website this week

BeReal prompts users to take an unfiltered photo every day via the app's camera, which simultaneously captures a selfie and a photo using the rear camera.

BeReal prompts users to take an unfiltered photo every day via the app’s camera, which simultaneously captures a selfie and a photo using the rear camera.

What is BeReal?

BeReal was created by Alexis Barreyat, a developer based in Paris.

The premise is simple – at different times everyday, users are notified to snap and share a photo in two minutes.

Users must use the in-app camera, which simultaneously captures a picture with the front and rear facing cameras.

Like other social media apps, you can follow friends and see their photos in your main feed.

Alternatively, you can search through the Discovery page, where you can locate photos taken by users you don’t follow.

If you miss the two-minute window, you can post late, but can’t see your friends’ photos until you post your own.

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TikTok announced the new TikTok Now feature in a blog on its website this week.

‘TikTok Now’ is the newest way to entertain and connect with others on TikTok – a daily photo and video experience sharing your most authentic moments with the people who matter most,’ it explained.

‘TikTok Now brings the authenticity of TikTok to a new creative experience that connects you with the people closest to you.’

TikTok Now will send daily prompts to users to capture 10 seconds of video or a still photo using their phone’s front and rear cameras in under three minutes.

It has a dedicated tab at the bottom of the screen – replacing the Friends tab – where users will be able to view their friends’ TikTok Now videos and photos.

“We are experimenting with TikTok Now in the coming weeks. In the US, TikTok Now can be accessed from the TikTok app,’ TikTok explained.

‘In other regions, TikTok Now may also be available as a new TikTok Now app.

‘We will continue to enhance the user experience as we learn more about how the TikTok community adapts to this new creative format.’

Many disgruntled BeReal fans were quick to point out the similarities between the two features.

One user tweeted, ‘Everyone broke Tiktok and now Tiktok broke Beryl?? Lamau.’

TikTok Now will send daily prompts to users to capture 10 seconds of video or a still photo using their phone's front and rear cameras in under three minutes

TikTok Now will send daily prompts to users to capture 10 seconds of video or a still photo using their phone’s front and rear cameras in under three minutes

The launch of TikTok Now comes just a month after Instagram announced that it was testing a BeReal copycat called the Candidate Challenge.  The Candidate Challenge feature was spotted by developer Alessandro Paluzzi

The launch of TikTok Now comes just a month after Instagram announced that it was testing a BeReal copycat called the Candidate Challenge. The Candidate Challenge feature was spotted by developer Alessandro Paluzzi

Another addition: ‘TikTok launches its biracial clone ‘TikTok Now’. You either die an innovator or live long enough to see yourself becoming a copycat.’

And one joked: ‘The moment we were able to take our pictures, the collapse of civilization had begun.’

The launch of TikTok Now comes just a month after Instagram confirmed that it is testing a BeReal copycat called the Candidate Challenge.

The Candidate Challenge feature was spotted by developer Alessandro Paluzzi.

He tweeted, ‘Instagram is working on the IG Candidate Challenge, a feature inspired by BeReal.

The screenshot itself reads: ‘Join the IG Candidate Challenge. Add others’ IG candidates to your story tray. And every day at a different time, get a notification to snap and share a photo in 2 minutes.’

In response to the tweet, Meta spokeswoman Christine Pai said IG Candidate is an “internal prototype” and is not yet being tested externally.

Young women who scroll through Instagram for hours more likely to have cosmetic surgery

A study concluded that young women are more likely to have cosmetic surgery if they scroll through Instagram for hours.

Experts from the University of Surrey surveyed 247 Italian women – each aged between 19-32 – about their engagement with Instagram and body dissatisfaction.

Next, each participant was shown one of four videos of Instagram images — containing varying degrees of sex — and their respective comments.

Finally, the women completed follow-up questionnaires related to their level of body dissatisfaction, mood, and intentions for future cosmetic surgery.

The team found that exposure to sexual images from Instagram increased women’s body dissatisfaction levels.

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