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Kwai - Video Social Network

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Tik Tok wannabe with no privacy controls not for kids.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This app is for entertainment purposes and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Creating short videos with cool effects is really easy.

Violence

Videos could contain violent references.

Sex

Videos can contain provocative content. Parents should be especially aware of comments on kids videos that may be sexually suggestive.

Language

Videos and comments could (and do) contain words from sexist language to full-on profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Videos and comments could (and do) contain references and images of drinking, drugs, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kwai - Video Social Network has a questionable privacy policy and terms of service that specify users should be at least sixteen years old. In reality, when kids enter their birth date at registration, they are allowed to register if under 16 (and 13) with the qualifying statement to use it with parental supervision. Also, neither the terms of service nor the privacy policy is easily found in English as those linked in the app stores are not in English. The only options for sharing videos are public and self only. There are no options for friend-only accounts, and location data is used to show other users nearby -- which could present safety issues. Kids decide the privacy setting for each individual video. 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?

Teens can create short videos and photo edits to share publicly in KWAI - VIDEO SOCIAL NETWORK. They can add magical effects, beauty filters, and augmented reality to create fun images and catalog their creations with hashtags. They can also view other user's creations, comment on them, and share them with their own interpretation of a duet. When setting up an account, users share their location and can then view nearby users of the app. They can follow others users and direct message them through the app. Users can choose to post publicly, only for themselves, or for 48 hours, with posts disappearing after that time period. 

Is it any good?

While this app offers fun features for video and photo creation, privacy concerns and lack of originality hold it back. The video-creation tools are almost identical, if inferior, to TikTok, and the photo editing is like Snapchat. Both of those apps have privacy concerns themselves, but Kwai - Video Social Network offers nothing more impressive. Since it does integrate with Instagram, teens could create videos and photos using Kwai to post only for themselves to view on Kwai and share with friends on Instagram, since at least it has more granular controls over who can see your content. But with the added complication of using your location, the lack of a friends-only account option, and the violation of the law in terms of blatantly allowing kids under 13 to sign up, this one is probably best to avoid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family rules for privacy and social networks before using Kwai - Video Social Network. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private. What are your rules around your kid using the app? What can they post?. 

  • Discuss with teens how they could use the creation aspects of the app without the social aspect, sharing creations on Instagram where they have more control over the audience.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 11, 2019
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 235.70 MB
  • Publisher: JOYO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD.
  • Version: 2.24.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.3 and up
  • Last updated: September 23, 2019

For kids who love social networking and digital presentation

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