App Review – Friendo
Threat Level – High
Friendo is an app developed by the self titled company ‘Friendo’ and is available on the Apple and Android Mobile app stores. As for Category, it is a hybrid gaming app that has social ties. Now what do I mean about a ‘hybrid’ app? Simple. It’s a game, and it is social media all in one. Similar to the recent Facebook acquired TBH (to be honest) app, Friendo has went viral and has started climbing the trending charts since November of 2017
This app has several categories
that friends can quiz each other on, such as what their favorite foods or sports are, and other personality traits. Users take turns answering questions about each other, and they’re then ranked in an in-app leaderboard, which shows their scores. This is where the social side comes to play
Friendo is geared towards younger teens but the app’s terms of service states that users are required to be 13 or older. So why for the 13 or older? Because of the NSFW categories (Not Safe for Work). These NSFW “categories” of questions that any user can unlock by inviting three friends to join the app. It won’t take long for your child to invite three people. Trust me in that one.
An example of a NSFW category is MSFK (marry, sex, friend, kill) quizzes users on what they’d rather do with a given celebrity. Is this something your 10 year old should be reading? Another NSFW is called Dirty. It has questions like “In bed, I am..” and “if forced to, I’d rather watch a gross porno starring…” (one of the available answers includes, ‘my teacher’. As you can see there is a reason this app got a high threat level from some of the NSFW categories. Some of these may be humorous for adults, but definitely not for children. There is a feature that allows permission from the other person on the NSFW category once asked. Still doesn’t take much to accept.
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