LiveMe - Live Video Chat

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
LiveMe - Live Video Chat App Poster Image
Privacy and other concerns abound with live video streams.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 106 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Very easy to use, from setting up account to viewing channels and broadcasting live.

Violence

Violent content is prohibited, but the terms of service do not specify what is considered violent content. No violence was observed during the review period, and there's no violence within the app's content itself.

Sex

No sexual content is generated by the app itself, but upon review users included suggestively clad women and comments such as, "Show your nipples."

Language

No profanity generated by app, but user-generated content contained multiple uses of "f--k" and racial slurs during review period.

Consumerism

Can watch and broadcast for free, but giving gifts to broadcasters requires in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No substance-related content generated by app itself, but one user was seen sorting marijuana, and user comments contained drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LiveMe - Live Video Chat is a tool for broadcasting live-streaming videos and watching others' videos. The terms of use specify that users be at least 18 or have parental permission to use the tool, but tweens and young teens are broadcasting. The potential for predatory comments or bullying of broadcasters is a concern, as is the possibility of viewing inappropriate content, even though the message shown when logging on to each broadcast reminds users to report any violent or sexual content. During the review period, profanity and racial slurs were commonplace, some users were scantily clad, one 13-year-old was asked sexually charged questions, and one broadcast showed someone preparing marijuana. Privacy issues abound as users have no control over who views their broadcasts, and all their clicks and interactions as a viewer could be collected or shared. Via in-app purchase, viewers can purchase coins to give as gifts to broadcasters. Also, a live quiz show called Quiz Biz allows users to answer questions and potentially win real money, and there's a music-themed show called "You Need The Code" which features indie artists. As of 2018, musical.ly users are being directed to this app if they want to livestream. Users log in with a phone number, Facebook account, or Instagram account. See the privacy policy for full details.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydustin p. August 12, 2016

this app sickens me!!

Parents beware!!! I download this app and have came across multiple videos of questionable aged people takeing off their clothes. The owners of this app serious... Continue reading
Adult Written byccraofficial September 1, 2016

Predators are online

This program is currently being investigated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Cyber Crime Response Agency. Almost every underag... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bypokemon789 September 21, 2016

I like Live.ME alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i use it alot and i like it alot no swears at me, all the streams i watch do not have any violence, i havent seen any sex in it but if there was they would be k... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bycelenakristina November 4, 2016

here is information you parents should know

live me is a fun app to do when you are bored or you have nothing to do and when you are on this app you will be new to it and dont know what to do well there a... Continue reading

What's it about?

After logging in through Facebook, Instagram, or a phone number, users view live broadcasts or stream their own live video. The terms of service state that the app is meant for users 18 and older, though much younger teens are frequently broadcasting. Viewers comment and send gifts to broadcasters, while broadcasters respond to comments and interact with viewers. Immediately upon logging in to a broadcast, viewers see a reminder that violent or sexual content is prohibited, along with an email address to report issues. Viewers can subscribe to broadcasters or report them through their profiles, and broadcasters can block other users' comments. Broadcasters can share through myriad social media that they are live streaming, and users can purchase coins to give as gifts. The app also hosts an original broadcast called Spotlight Live! which is a live variety show.

Is it any good?

The appeal of live video streaming is clear -- some people get famous, and others thrive on the immediate connection and feedback, however shallow -- but is it appropriate for tweens and teens? Parents will want to arm kids with solid digital literacy before letting them broadcast or view (if they allow it at all). It's worth noting that most broadcasts are completely uneventful: One user had music playing while showing his ceiling, and many others showed bored-looking teens staring at their screens, saying "Hi, spam my Instagram" and asking for likes and follows. No one was showcasing talent or meaningful content. However, another featured the broadcaster and commenters trading racial slurs and profanity, and another showed 10-year-olds and a 13-year-old being asked to dance provocatively and show body parts. In all cases, the broadcasters called out their inappropriate commenters and/or blocked them. But would most kids respond in the same way? If tweens and teens want to use it, parents may want to set clear boundaries on where it can be used (is behind closed bedroom doors OK?) and equip them with how to handle rude, obnoxious, or inappropriate commenters. Teens also freely shared their other social media handles with strangers, so knowing how to stay safe and maintain privacy is another critical element.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about general privacy and safety online, and check in with your kid about new content posted and viewed. What information isn't safe to share with strangers? If your family decides live streaming is OK, what are the rules around it?

  • Make sure kids understand that adults and teens both may be using the app and that it's up to them to protect their privacy. What's your kid's username? Where will he or she create posts? What kinds of comments warrant reporting?

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