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What's it about?
LIPSI is a social media platform designed to allow users to provide anonymous feedback to employers, friends, or online personalities. According to the developers' website, it's meant for "the boldest who want to step out of their comfort zone." The app offers a basic profile page and search function as well as messaging and message tracking.
Is it any good?
Anonymity's a proven red flag to online trolls bent on spreading meanness and misery, and this anonymous messaging app takes another ride at this rodeo. Its connection to Instagram opens the door to all kinds of photo and video content it's not responsible for, and though it does contain reporting/blocking tools -- and a "ghost mode" to prevent location tracking -- users can reveal their identities to each other at will. At present, Lipsi also seems to have some bugs in it: Its buttons do inexplicable things like minimizing the app and prompting for codes. Despite a possible moment in the sun, this app's poor interface, bugs, and irresponsible attitude toward its user base make it one of the worst social media downloads available.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online anonymity. When is it good to remain anonymous on the internet? When is it best to reveal who you are? What sometimes happens with apps like Lipsi?
Discuss the dangers of connecting multiple social media apps. What are the privacy concerns?
Think about the value of anonymous feedback. Do you think anonymity makes it more honest? What are the risks?
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