Hive Social

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Instagram imitator with full-frontal nudity.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not recommended for learning.


All content is user uploaded/generated, so you may find violent content. A Horror section focuses on scary movies and some disturbing imagery.


Full-frontal male and female nudity is very easy to find.


Every word you can imagine, from F-bombs to the "N" word to "s--t" and "bitches."


Companies don't have a strong presence (yet), but users advertise products openly. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol and smoking are easy to find. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hive Social is a trendy social media app that is advertised as an Instagram alternative. It's similar in many ways to Instagram, but it also has a music element where people can pick songs for their profiles. There's nudity that edges into pornography, foul language, and substance use, so it's definitely not for kids. Appropriate audiences, though, will find communities of people with similar interests. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') 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?

The design and user experience of HIVE SOCIAL is a lot like Instagram. You scroll downward through visual elements based on your friends list or subjects of interest. The app strives to be a place where everyone is welcome -- and it displays that in its browsable topics, which include Anime Fans, LGBTQ+, Crafts and DIY, Health, Celebrities, and Tech/Science. Rather than following an algorithm, it displays new posts in chronological order and doesn't limit itself to visual elements, letting users pick personalized songs that play when users visit your page. The app also encourages users to monetize their pages, which has made it popular with influencers, who can post links in their caption (along with hashtags, of course), and users can comment with sites they want to promote. 

Is it any good?

This social media platform is supportive of underrepresented communities, but its "anything goes" attitude might feel unsafe to some. The addition of music to pages is a unique feature. It's not forced on visitors (they have to actively choose to listen -- and they'll need an Apple Music subscription as well), but it's a new way to express yourself. That said, full-frontal nudity and pictures of erections and bodily fluids make it an automatic no-go for kids. The sexually explicit anime photos add to its mature status, as does strong language and substance use. Letting people comment with links and encouraging clicking from posts could lead to all sorts of security issues, and users include handles to their other profiles, which is risky. All in all, it's definitely not for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's appropriate to post publicly on Hive Social -- and how anything posted online can follow you through the rest of your life. 

  • Talk about communities. Where are some good places to find people with similar interests?

  • Discuss the mature content in the app: Why do people post nude pictures? Are some people selling those pictures via the app? How can you avoid seeing those pictures? 

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