Many have flocked to MeWe, a privacy-focused platform that resembles Facebook, after the recent vast censorship from Big Tech giants.
However, the platform doesn’t appear to be happy to be seen as a free speech platform, insisting it is “not an anything goes site like Parler or Gab.”
Over the past few months, many, tired of censorship on Twitter and Facebook, had turned to Parler, a Twitter-like platform free of censorship. However, it was booted from Apple and Google’s app stores. Additionally, it went offline after its web hosting platform, Amazon’s AWS, removed it from its service.
So, people have been looking for alternatives, one of them being MeWe and conservatives have been flocking the site in large numbers. According to TechCrunch, the app has experienced a spike in downloads, with approximately 200,000 new users.
However, MeWe doesn’t appear to want them.
“MeWe has a strong Terms of Service designed to keep out lawbreakers, haters, bullies, harassment, violence inciters,” a spokesperson for the company said when asked how the platform would handle moderation in light of the influx of users.
The company also said that it was “adding new tools to help out moderators” and even adding more people to its Trust and Safety Team.
MeWe has also banned conversations around “Stop The Steal” – allegations of election fraud.
MeWe argued that so-called “hate speech,” violence, and “conspiracy theorists” are more prevalent on mainstream platforms like Twitter and Facebook than MeWe. It is the same argument Parler’s CEO John Matze used to shoot back at Apple for removing his app from the App Store.