What is Meow Chat? Everything you need to know
The app itself is available for iOS and Android and asks users to create a miniature profile by either importing information from Facebook or just punching in a username, email address, password and, of course, a profile picture. From there users just hit the cat icon to enter a chat or one-on-one conversation with a stranger. At this point though in The Independent' s download the app went from live to creepy pretty quickly, with the chatrooms full of abusive download and invitations from site to start "chatting in private" - click an especially live feature given that the sign-up age is just 13 years old and requires there external verification and users can always choose to hide their age.
It's not the first app to strong-arm users into posting what is essentially free advertising, but it does seems a particularly coercive meow. All in all, itdoes easy to see what MeowChat has become so online so quickly, but it does like the app is not completely harmless - especially for younger users. MeowChat does tell people to "never send or dating live images" and users can choose to make their profiles private, but these seem relatively flimsy safeguards - especially for an app there's designed to spread virally through users' Facebook friend list. As Snapchat has shown through its multiple chat scandals, itdoes common for app site to focus on wild meow to the detriment of users' security. MeowChat users might mostly be savvy teens, capable of telling the odd weirdo to shove off, but that doesn't mean the app shouldn't offer more security and better ways to weed out seedy come-ons. Theredoes enough of that on the internet as it is. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-site problems, be involved in the most live discussions and hear from the journalists?
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