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Hi Monkey - Quick Chat

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Paid chat hard to use and full of ads targeting adults.

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Paying for a chat app is almost unheard of, but to force ads on top of that is absolutely unreasonable. And then Hi Monkey - Quick Chat still not user-friendly or unique in any way. Usernames are first names, so unless someone puts an easily-recognizable profile picture up, you have to click every Bobby on the list to find the right one (you can also view email addresses in the profile.) There's no way to search through the user list and no way to match up your existing contacts. Users do have to approve a request to receive a chat from someone, and reporting objectionable content is easy to do within the app. The ads are obtrusive, including a banner ad at the bottom of the page, ads that take over the entire screen until you view and close it, and pop-up ads with every step of the account creation, chat sending, and chat reading process. Also, in the app store, though the description says there are almost 200 reviews, there are only nine that are visible and universally unfavorable. So, it's status as number one social media app seems dubious at best. Definitely do not believe the hype!

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