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By Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Anonymous posting poses potential danger; tamer than some.

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CLOAQ works as advertised: Creating an ID is simple, the instructions are easy to follow, and, once you have a username, Cloaq mimics other social sites enough so kids will instantly know where to find what they're looking for. It's fairly basic, in terms of available features. As a platform it works fine, and similar to Blink! - Secret Messaging and Whisper - Share, Express, Meet, the clear intention is to allow people to say whatever they want. Unlike some other platforms, however, the community culture is largely tame and mostly positive. Regular users report that rather than being a haven for "trolls" and other people who use social media to be disruptive or hurtful, Cloaq members are open and nonthreatening. However, concerns lie in potential abuses, as anonymity often leads to negative behaviors.

One other consideration is that a user doesn't know what data is being collected behind the scenes, and the privacy policy doesn't specify. Certainly user IP addresses are visible to developers and subject to misuse both by the company and hackers.

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