The social media landscape has become a cluttered and confusing place in recent years. From Elon Musk’s eventful (to say the least) rebranding of Twitter to the introduction of Meta’s Threads, it’s hard to know exactly what platform caters to what content these days. So let’s introduce another one!

Yep, apparently TikTok is working on a photo-based app to rival Instagram (the app that used to be photo-based, remember?). Leaked code from the latest version of the app allegedly makes multiple references to ‘TikTok Photo’. (Want to start creating content? Check out the best TikTok cameras available now.)

The TikTok Photos logo, as spotted in the source code of the latest TikTok release (Image credit: TikTok)

As spotted by The SpAndroid, the code announces “TikTok Photos will be launched soon…”, and even includes what appears to be a new logo featuring a stylised ‘P’. With commands such as ‘Post to TikTok Photos’ littering the code, it seems the app will be heavily integrated into TikTok itself to promote cross-posting.

Threads

Threads, Instagram’s own Twitter rival, launched last year (Image credit: Meta/Future)

All of which leads me to ask: why? Do we really need another social media app? We’ve already seen plenty of apps try to become your new Twitter alternative in the last year, most notably the aforementioned Threads. But do we really need a bunch of Instagram alternatives too? 



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By Peter