Colossill Gram

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Community-based platform for Black users lacks stability.

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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

Lacks a tutorial or help. Navigation may be confusing, especially for those who are new to social media.

Violence

May contain violent imagery and language, but this was not typical of content during review.

Sex

User-generated content may include suggestive images and/or language, including partial nudity and couples in suggestive poses. 

Language

User-generated content may include mature language, including swears like "f--k."

Consumerism

User-generated content includes product placements and ads. Kids can click on links on bio pages to purchase items. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

User-generated content may include or suggest the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Colossill Gram is a social media platform modeled after Instagram, where users can share information, images, and videos. It is intended for use by Black communities and was built to avoid perceived censorship by other mainstream platforms. The in-app terms of service and privacy policy state that users under the age of 18 require parental supervision and also specify that the service is not intended for those under the age of 13. Like other social media apps, Colossill Gram consists entirely of user-generated content that may contain suggestive images, mature language, violent content, and substance use. Product placements are common, and kids may be able to purchase these items via a link in the user's bio page. Colossill Gram claims to show posts only from other users within 10 miles, which would suggest the use of location services, but the app didn't request location permissions during installation. Note: There was no online privacy policy at the time of review.

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What's it about?

COLOSSILL GRAM is a social media platform geared toward Black communities as a safe place for members to share their ideas, products, and lives without fear of censorship. Users sign on with an email address or by connecting with another platform like Facebook or Apple. They can add an image, links to a website, and a bio via the settings. Much like Instagram, users can follow each other and see that content in their stream. They can also browse by category (Music, Art, Technology, Gaming, Lifestyle, Sports, DIY, and Food). Users can add likes and comments or bookmark posts for future viewing. They can also add their own images or "Moments," which are similar to Instagram Stories. According to the publishers, content is meant to be viewed by those in a 10-mile radius, although that feature doesn't seem to have been implemented yet. 

Is it any good?

Despite a promising premise, this community-focused platform isn't quite ready for prime time. Colossill Gram aims to fill a need and, based on comments from users on the platform, the demand is there. Unfortunately, the app is prone to crashing and slow loading times. There aren't very many users, which makes it a hard sell for social media use. It's also missing any sort of help or tutorial, which makes it particularly challenging to those who are new to social media. Other quality control issues -- such as a terms of service document that says "APP_NAME" instead of the actual name of the app -- impact its credibility as a platform to invest in at this point. At the time of review, there's also no privacy policy. But for those who have been looking for an alternative, it may be just enough to make it worth diving into and getting others to do the same. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety when using social media like Colossill Gram. What are your family rules around location-based services? Sharing personal information? 

  • Talk about advertising and product placement in social media. How can you recognize an ad in social media? How about a product placement via an influencer?

  • What makes Colossill Gram different from other social media apps? Why might Black communities want a safe social media space? What do you think about having separate spaces for different groups of people? Are there other communities that could benefit from dedicated apps?

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