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Ablo

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Chats translated in real time alongside mature content.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Fairly simple navigation and easy to connect and chat. 

Violence

Restricted to ages 18 and up. Iffy content related to violence can be easily sent and received.

Sex

Restricted to ages 18 and up. Iffy content related to sex can be easily sent and received.

Language

Restricted to ages 18 and up. Iffy content with inappropriate language can be easily sent and received.

Consumerism

In-app purchases for coins which give more access to features.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Restricted to ages 18 and up. Iffy content related to drinking, drugs, and smoking can be easily sent and received.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ablo is an adult international social networking app for iOS and Android devices. Users can connect with people from all over the world, and the app will translate chats and video calls in real time. In the United States, users must be 18 or older in order to register for an account, but this is verified only by the birth date that is entered when setting up a new account. Content appears to be weakly monitored and connecting with other users is a free-for-all. The app requests access to a user’s Google accounts during the sign-up process, but this isn't a requirement. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To sign up for ABLO, enter an email address and a birth date. It’s is a pretty straightforward social networking app with the twist that it instantly translates dozens of languages, encouraging people to connect with others from all over the world. Users write or talk in their own language, and the messages are automatically translated to the recipient’s language. There are challenges, miles, and rankings that encourage people to be more active. Users can buy coins that allow them to use filters (such as region and gender) when searching for connections. As with many social media apps, a user can block people they've connected with if desired.

Is it any good?

The idea of easily chatting with people from different cultures is certainly appealing, but this app is definitely not intended for kids and seems geared toward online daters. In other words, in encourages strangers to meet. Like so many other apps that allow strangers to meet, many of the chats turn to sexting. Some users also report abusive behavior. In fact, anyone in the United States under the age of 18 is not supposed to use the app. An option would be for parents to create an account and allow kids to only use the app together as a family. This would let kids connect and chat with friends or relatives across the globe.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety and how important it is to follow guidelines and enter accurate information when signing up to use apps like Ablo.

  • Talk about how you might use the app as a family. Are there relatives or friends who you’d like to chat with in different languages?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (in-app purchases starting at $1.99 for 200 coins)
  • Release date: November 27, 2019
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 81.00 MB
  • Publisher: Massive Media Match NV
  • Version: 2.8.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: December 16, 2019

For kids who love social networking and learning languages

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