MeWe Review: Danger- Your Privacy Is at Risk- This Is a Facebook Alternative

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MeWe Review

MeWe Review

Updates in January 2019: Now that Google+ is closing, MeWe is enabling all Google+ users to update their Google+ content directly to MeWe

Also, since the original publication of this post, I discovered MeWe has an app called, “MeWe Network.”

UPDATE: July 2019

MeWe announced it collected $4.5 million from high-net-worth investors and passed five million members.

Mark makes the case that Facebook should not be broken up by antitrust regulators– MeWe’s success proves that Facebook is not a monopoly.

More exciting news: MeWe is predicted to have 30 million members by the end of 2019, and 150 million by the end of 2020.

Quite a stir.

That’s what the impending closure of Google+ caused.

The announcement caused quite a stir twice: once when the site first initially announced it was closing due to a data breach, and then again when Google+ announced it was closing four months earlier than planned due to a second data breach.

I came to the rescue by researching and publishing my findings: 13 social media websites still growing their user bases.

A commenter informed me that although my choices of rising social media sites were good ones, there was even a better choice for an active social media site, a new site called “MeWe.”

The commenter, Alexa Shaw, authored this MeWe review to tell you about MeWe, the exciting social media site.

According to Alexa, “MeWe allows us to share our photographic adventures, visually and through the written word. They don’t allow commercial ads either. So, to be able to introduce people to a non-commercial social media gathering site to help them find a new home to replace G+, I’d be honored to send a little something your way.”

Bring on Alexa’s MeWe review and discover the advantages of using MeWe, a new social media site.

A Facebook Alternative

MeWe Review: An Introduction To MeWe

Social Media – The Way It Was Intended

Google Plus Is Shutting Down. Facebook Sells Your Personal Data — Can Help

Alexa Shaw

When Janice asked me to write about MeWe, I was happy to add my 2-cents. My non-profit, This Is Saipan, and I have been members of MeWe since 2016. I can’t tell you about Mark Weinstein’s visionary origin story behind MeWe, but I can certainly fill you in on its cornucopia of features.

What convinced the others and me at This Is Saipan & 15th Parallel Photography, is the fact Mark Weinstein, the founder, and creator of MeWe, intentionally designed his social media platform around a shield of “personal privacy.” Imagine, a social network designed with the specific intent of building an infrastructure that maintains OUR privacy and not to strip it away. Another feature we really appreciate – NO ADS! There are no commercial ads on MeWe.

Your pages, group meetings, conversations, chats, messages, etc. are ALL ad-free. Unlike Google+ and Facebook, MeWe is a website without commercial influence. That leaves us free to write, post, meet-up, chat, upload pics/clips/videos and more about pretty much anything when we adhere to common sense and follow the current laws of society.

With so many recent US and EU new requirements drowning social networking, Facebook and Google+ began to lose ground years ago, not to mention collecting numerous fines and lawsuits, and they continue to do so.

MeWe is fairly new, and in July 2018, it surpassed 2 million active members (many coming from Facebook and Google+), with rapid growth and it is predicted to reach millions more by 2021. For a complete paradigm shift in social networking standards, laws, requirements and infrastructure building, those are pretty awesome numbers.

I admit I was a bit overwhelmed on our MeWe homepage after logging in for the first time. As with anything, however, you need to spend a little time getting used to what’s in front of you. Once I did, I felt free and introduced MeWe to everyone at work – then we told our friends in the US. We live and work in the Northern Mariana Islands. I know, but someone has to live in a tropical paradise, right?

Some of MeWe’s features include:

  • No ads;
  • No spying;
  • No BS;
  • #Not4Sale (the members – we’re NOT for sale – think Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook are selling your personal data);
  • Unlimited group creation;
  • 1-on-1 private and open chats;
  • Open personal and group chats;
  • Disappearing content;
  • Custom camera w/GIF creation;
  • Live voice and video;
  • “Next-Gen” voice messaging;
  • Ultra secret chats with double-ratchet encryption (a paid feature add-on);
  • Custom personal and group profile creation;
  • Personal cloud storage;
  • Total control over your data and content – you own what you upload – period.
  • NO censorship (beyond societal requirements);
  • NO content manipulation;
  • NO news feed to push your content to the bottom of the page;
  • NO facial recognition;
  • Every public post, chat, image, video, comment, etc. is seen by all of your fellow MeWe members;
  • TRUE timeline ordering – with no outside interference;
  • Custom profile pics;
  • Custom banner images;
  • Notifications you customize;
  • Member suggestions for improvements, new features, etc. – that actually get applied;
  • The feedback that’s actually read and answered;
  • Events calendars;
  • Multi-language capable;
  • A separate “Pro” MeWe (, and so much more.

MeWe is browser-based, so it’s cross-platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, *iOS, *Android (*through free mobile apps or mobile browsers).

MeWe also has a store so members can purchase add-ons and features to personalize their MeWe experience without requiring a subscription fee. With so many free features, we’re quite happy with what we’ve been given already.

If you are looking (or someone you know is looking), for a Facebook alternative or as an alternative to Google Plus since the site is closing, you might want to try MeWe as a viable replacement. It’s free, private, and not too difficult to make the leap. We took a chance on this Next-Gen “2016 Innovative World Technology Finalist,” and we’re all glad we did. We’ve never looked back.

Everyone reading this should give MeWe a spin. It’s fresh and filled with features not found elsewhere. It costs nothing, is fun, exhilarating and an awesome alternative to Google Plus. You can choose the site as a Facebook alternative or use MeWe as an addition.

MeWe’s been around for about 4 years, starting out under another name and changing it to MeWe in 2016, receiving high praises and innovative technology recognition in that same year.

MeWe is edgy, smart, intuitive, and features rich content right from the start. There are many ways MeWe is better than other social networks. The most important is that MeWe was created by putting the privacy needs of its members FIRST! Mark Weinstein, founded MeWe with the belief social media isn’t for sale and neither is our privacy.

There’s no one looking over your shoulder as you work or play. There are no big corporations demanding advertising favors for support dollars. There’s no tracking, no commercial ads and no push toward corporate interests.

Everything you say, type, upload or produce, belongs to you. It’s never given away or sold to anyone. There’s no data mining of your personal information for private, corporate, or government agencies.

MeWe runs on Next Generation Technology (think 2G to 5G!). Using the power of next-gen tech is propelling MeWe to the forefront of social media worldwide. It’s been gaining momentum since the first day it went into operation.

If you want a fantastic alternative to Google Plus or alternative to Facebook, or you just want another social media outlet, MeWe should be on your immediate things-to-do list.

MeWe is new, fresh, and social media 2.0 and beyond; better than Google Plus and Facebook; great fun for personal use; well suited to carry on business needs and collaboration in real time – with NO big bro listening/tracking; has plenty of customizing features; runs smoother and faster than other social media network sites and has no corporations pushing THEIR products on to you.

Each of us at This Is Saipan & 15th Parallel Photography made the move to MeWe in 2016 and we haven’t looked back. MeWe is our social media home to post, play, discuss, educate and inform people of just about everything photography. We even started the MeWe group ‘Self-Taught Photographers,’ so anyone and everyone can ask us questions and learn about the joys of photography and how to get the most out of their DSLR.

Mark Weinstein and his team are showing the social media giants that dedication to the people and our privacy needs is far more rewarding than indulging in corporate greed. We agree. Seriously consider giving MeWe a try. You really can’t beat the price! MeWe is free!

15th Parallel Photography’s MeWe Homepage

MeWe Review: Your Facebook alternative

Author Bio: Alexa Shaw, Photographer Co-founder of This Is Saipan

I went from model to photographer because I DON’T like talking about myself, and because I love what photographs bring to the people who hire me.

Host blogger’s comments:

MeWe Awards

If you go to, you’ll see MeWe received many honors:

  • Startup of the Year Finalist
  • Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America
  • 2018: “One to Watch” TechTrends Report

Wrapping Up: Facebook Alternative An Introduction to MeWe

I have firmly maintained bloggers should use Facebook groups to promote their articles despite the accusations against Facebook regarding data breaches. Alexa offers a different perspective in this article.

If you, too, are concerned about Google+ closing and the potential for continual security problems using Facebook, consider using MeWe. Alexa presents MeWe has a viable Facebook alternative and one of the alternatives to Google Plus.

Readers, please share so other people concerned about data breaches read this MeWe review and consider using MeWe as an alternative to GooglePlus or as an alternative to Facebook.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. What is your opinion after reading this MeWe Review? Do you think you might consider giving MeWe a try?

Update October 2019

According to MeWe’s David Westreich,

MeWe just announced it surpasses 6 million members and is named a 2019 “Best Entrepreneurial Company in America” by Entrepreneur magazine. 
Recently MeWe has ranked as a “Top 10” Social App and the #1 Trending Social App in the Google Play Store.

Here’s the press release: 

New announcements include:

MeWe expects over 100 million members by the end of 2020, having achieved 405% growth in 2018 and growing twice as fast on a daily basis in 2019

60% of MeWe’s traffic is international and 35% of members are active–exceeding industry standards.”

Additional Updates

  • MeWe expects over 100 million members by the end of 2020, having achieved 405% growth in 2018 and growing twice as fast on a daily basis in 2019
  • 60% of MeWe’s traffic is international and 35% of members are active–exceeding industry standards
MeWe Review Update

Since publishing this MeWe review, I discovered these emojis MeWe offers. You can use the emojis to tell people on the site what you’re eating, drinking, reading, hearing, and watching.

MeWe Review: FAQ

Is MeWe really private?

Yes! MeWe assures users they will never sell your data. Founder Mark Weinstein started MeWe with this promise.

Does Facebook own MeWe?


Who owns MeWe?

Mark Weinstein is MeWe’s founder.

What can you do with the MeWe app?

The app makes using MeWe convenient since you can access the site on your mobile device.

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  1. Janice Wald | at 11:15 am

    Hi Jeanette,
    Thanks for contributing to the discussion by commenting. I didn’t realize the site was that old. Some people may find they like it so it’s good people know their options.

  2. Philip V Ariel | at 11:33 am

    Hi Janice,
    Good to read Alexa’s wonderful review about MeWe. 🙂
    He shared almost everything about MeWe and its wonderful features. I am already there and happy to read this post too.
    Thanks, Alexa for this wonderful share the best alternative to G+ as it is soon going to die!
    Thanks, Janice for the share of Alexa I am at #MeWe @ philipvergheseariel please join me. Thanks
    Keep sharing.
    Best Regards

    • Robb Simpson | at 8:05 am

      You, like far FAR too many other MeWe “members”, are not actually using the platform. Perhaps I am ignorant of MeWe’s potential, but I visited your profile and found nothing more than a couple of nice pictures and some biographical details. If there is anything positive about that, at least you put in a little bit of effort to personalize your profile.

      Join MeWe! Just don’t use it. 6 million members doesn’t mean anything if those members just fill out a form and ignore it!
      I joined. I use it frequently. I love the concept and promote -Push!- MeWe on my FB account. Get Active!!

  3. Philip V Ariel | at 2:14 pm

    Hi Janice,
    What a joy to be here again
    I am so glad to say that this post has been mentioned in my latest post.
    Thanks, Alexa for an in-depth review of this wonderful platform! No doubt its features are really wonderful and its clutter-free look is really enchanting.
    Keep writing
    Keep sharing
    ~ Philip

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  5. Leslianne | at 2:28 pm

    I really like Mewe, finding groups can take a fair bit of time and only because there are so many and even more sub groups, the privacy is outstanding, and the people there are nothing like the rude and ignorant type you run into on Facebook or on Google+ also don’t have to worry about strangers being offended by what you say or your content and reporting you, there are no friend suggestions so you are anonymous until you personally add someone to your list, I blog adult content and photo adult content, no fear of a minor finding my Mewe page or any of my content, this truly is social media at the next level, I have been migrating my FB to Mewe and will be dumping FB shortly

  6. Davida Chazan | at 3:05 am

    I joined and I’m already not impressed. Two of the groups I signed up with had SPAM posts (with inappropriate pictures) front and center within the first 15 minutes of my being on the site.

    The idea is fine, but unless people moderate their groups better, then it will be rendered totally useless almost immediately!

  7. Alexa Shaw, Photographer | at 5:07 am

    WOW! Janice,

    Thanks so much for posting my review on MeWe. Its been a bit hectic around here of recent days – Grandpa’s “Brad Nailer” is dying a slow & grizzly death. He’s been running around like a chicken without a head! It’s hilarious. So many projects for the office, apartment and some photography projects he’d like to get done before summer and his favorite nail gun wants die. He’s ordered a new one, but..

    I’m really glad some of my words have helped others. As for the person that ran into “PORN” I can only add, “you should have looked before you clicked.” Yes, adult pages exist on MeWe – kinda goes along with the whole “privacy” thing, yes? We’ve been here for 2+ years and have NEVER received SPAM or PORN. We check every profile BEFORE accepting or approving – period. As for the SPAM, once again, looking before clicking that subscribe or join button may prevent that.

    And for the nice gentleman with the pleasant comments on my review, I’m NOT a man – I’m a WOMAN, thus the name AlexA with an ‘A’ at the end. Easy mistake. You should see it when Grandpa gets referred to as – yep, a woman. You could probably cook eggs on his forehead. You would think with a name like CRAIG people would know, but then again it’s all about looking AND seeing – yes?

    I’m really glad I could help people find a new social media home. Thanks to everyone for leaving those wonderful comments. And thanks again, Janice, for asking me to write about MeWe. It’s been a long time since I actually wrote something longer than replies like this one. Oh, and I fixed part of our website and put some random pics up for viewing. Still working on getting that ransomware completely out of our system, especially our NAS.

    • Janice Wald | at 11:17 pm

      Hi Martin,
      Great to see you! Thanks for commenting on my MeWE article.
      I Googled it:
      MeWe makes money the same way offline companies have always made money; by offering optional services that enhance the lives and experiences of our members. Additionally, members can purchase up to 500GB of data storage, enjoy helpful private group apps from the MeWe App Store, print their pictures (we’ve partnered with Walgreens in the USA), select coupons, and more.
      I’m also still in the process of checking out the new site. The post was written by a guest author. Thanks for coming by.
      Janice Wald recently posted…The 9 Best Free Backlink Builder Secrets in 2019My Profile

  8. A. Garcia | at 1:20 pm

    This looks interesting. I deleted my farcebook account two years ago. I’ve been using IG, and although it still has a simple interface, and is relatively easy to find the people who I actually know in the “real” world there, I am not feeling very good about their acquisition by fb. I don’t want to put any more money in zuckerbergs pockets if I can help it.
    Perhaps my wife and I will give MeWe a trial run.

    • Janice Wald | at 3:31 pm

      Thanks for writing to tell me your concerns over Facebook and your feelings about Instagram. Although I’ve barely dipped my toes into MeWe’s waters, (the post was written by a guest author), many of my friends are using MeWe and seem happy. Let me know what you think of it.

  9. Robb Simpson | at 8:22 am

    I joined MeWe back in July when a FB “friend” posted something about it. The entire concept of the platform is perfect! I am on MeWe daily (as much as I was on that dastardly FB!) I promote MeWe on my FB account. In fact, that is the only thing I post there.

    My one and only issue is that of the supposed 6 million members, I would be surprised that the 35% mentioned are truly active in the space. I have searched names and interests and locales. I am now utterly sick of seeing a profile pic of a smiling slice of bread or taco. And the banner pic of a lonely hill at sunset is depressing.

    For MeWe to make an actual impact on social media, members need to become Active! Post your pics! Share that meme! Say Something! …heck, if anything, change your freaking profile image and banner pic, for crying out loud!…

    • Janice Wald | at 12:37 pm

      Hi Robb,
      Thanks for commenting on my MeWe article.
      I have not posted much on my wall. However, I am very active when it comes to posting in groups. I’m actually in 9 groups. Maybe others, like me, use MeWe that way. I find groups expose me to like-minded content creators.
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Speed Up a Slow Mac, 7 WaysMy Profile

    • Robb Simpson | at 1:00 pm

      Initially, it looked, what? promising?
      Then, I read their Terms of Service and -more importantly- their Privacy Policy.
      The Privacy Policy is the worst written legal document I have ever seen. It is even more convoluted than any legal “read me” doc I I have seen on the ‘net. A great example of the horrid wording taken from a section “How to control cookies?”
      “You can check and / or check the cookies as you wish…”
      Check and / or check?? Really??!!
      It goes on and on about the collection of data about The User (YOU), how, what and where such data is collected etc etc etc ad nauseum.

      No. YouWeb is a Facebook wannabe. It states that advertising will be found AND that the ads will be targeted based upon data collected about you. Might as well stay with FB.
      I sticking with MeWe. They appear to be straight shooters and don’t fiddle around with BS.

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