The MeWe app is a social networking app for users who want more privacy. The app encourages users to be their “uncensored selves” which doesn’t promote being positive online.
What is the MeWe app?
- The MeWe app is intended to be a competitor of Facebook and Instagram for users who want more privacy
- On the MeWe app, users can post updates on their profile (like posting something on a Facebook feed), or they can share posts with only the people they specify
- Similar to Snapchat, users can share images that disappear after a certain amount of time
- Users can chat one-on-one, with a couple of people, or in large groups
- On the app, users can like, love, or comment on their friend’s posts
- Users can share content live on the app through video or voice recording (like a live podcast)
- Similar to the original Instagram feed, users see their friend’s posts in chronological order
- Users can create separate profiles for certain groups of people to see
MeWe app marketing says:
Go beyond traditional social media and play without limits, create without rules and demand the freedom to be your uncensored self.
This is what happens when you join MeWe: the next-gen social network.
- There are No Ads.
- No Spyware.
- No BS.
Express yourself, your way #OnlyOnMeWe.
Why should parents care?
- SmartSocial.com believes this app is not safe for students to use. It encourages users to be their “uncensored selves” which doesn’t promote shining online
- Having the ability to create separate profiles to share with different people means the app doesn’t promote authenticity (being inauthentic can hurt your child’s digital footprint)
- Many users have reported receiving a lot of inappropriate and mature spam content from bots on the app
- Content is unmoderated on the app which makes it a breeding ground for bullying behavior and negativity
The MeWe app in the news:
MeWe is used by perverts… The social network that [the app’s advisory board] hoped would be free from abuse has been found to contain gun sales, drugs and anti semitism.–The Times
[In January of 2019] Apple pulls MeWe social network app from App Store for NSFW content TOS (terms of service) violation –TechAeris
What users say about the app:
“I joined groups to be a part of honorable things like exercise and military veterans, and perverts find me to request contacts through these groups. So if it is about privacy, there is no point in having these social groups when there will always be perverts on them. They claim privacy but if you freely allow people in, no one can be trusted anyway because it seems they don’t have any way of screening accounts.”
“Lots of porn and spam, fake accounts.”
“It would better if there were more controls to get the trolls, scammers and bots off. Customer support is horrible. They never get back to you.”
What can parents do?
- Join Smart Social Membership to get our videos each week to keep your kids safe
- Teach your children to ask for your permission before downloading a new app or creating an account on social media. This will give you the opportunity to try the app on your own and decide if it’s safe for your family to use
- Talk to your children about negative social media behaviors and what they should do when they encounter them. Remind your children that they should talk to you or a trusted adult if they encounter negativity online
- Teach your students that just because they can “go invisible” on an app doesn’t mean that they are safe
- Remind your children to keep their messages Light, Bright & Polite™ even if the message is going to disappear – because a screenshot of it can be shared
- When you’re ready for your student to be public on social media, consider creating an account on one of our Green Zone apps
If your student has the MeWe app, encourage them to delete it and discuss the dangers of the app. When you’re ready for your student to have social media, work with them to create a positive digital footprint using the apps in our Green Zone.