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Murge - Video Dialog

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Dull video-creation and sharing tool too risky.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes only. Not intended for educational use. 

Ease of Play

Interface is unintuitive but limited features mean there's not much to do anyway. 

Violence

No violence in the app itself, however user-generated content could contain violent references or imagery. 

Sex

No sex in the app itself, however user-generated content could contain suggestive references or imagery. 

Language

No profanity in the app itself, however user-generated content could contain bad language.  

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No substance use in the app itself, however user-generated content could contain violent references or imagery of alcohol, smoking, or drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Murge – Video Dialog is a social networking and video creation app that lets users collaborate with each other by responding to each other's videos. The app's terms of use state that users must be 13 or older, but many members of the app's community are underage. The app's privacy policy states that the developers do not monitor user content, and the app has no security or parental controls. Registration requires an email or connection to Facebook or Snapchat accounts; the privacy policy suggests users can delete their accounts just by deleting the app from their mobile devices, but this is not the case. Attempts to contact the developers to delete an account failed due to a non-functional contact link on the company's website. 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?

MURGE – VIDEO DIALOG is a video-creation/social networking hybrid designed to help users communicate and collaborate via creative video clips. Users register by connecting the app to their Facebook or Snapchat accounts or via email. Once registered, users can create a profile with bio, photo, and location, then select interests (Art, Lifestyle, Music, Travel, etc.) from a range of categories. The app curates existing videos according to these choices, and users can browse videos, save and comment on them, and Follow or Friend their creators. They can also “Murge” with other users' videos by tapping them and creating their own video responses. New Murges (up to 60 seconds long) can be created using the app's limited video editing tools, or users can edit and post existing videos created on other platforms. Murges can be posted publicly, shared via Instagram, or sent privately via Direct Murge. 

Is it any good?

This video-creation app claims to be a tool for creative collaboration, but thanks to limited editing features, unmonitored content, and loads of underage users, it's neither fun nor safe. These days it seems everyone's making a video-creation app, and the best ones offer a wide range of easy-to-use filters, visual and text effects, soundtracks, and decorative AR objects. Murge – Video Dialog doesn't offer these features. The app starts badly by being highly unintuitive and offering only a handful of tool-tips to teach you how to use it. And things go downhill from there. 

Overall functionality is just bad. Browsing videos by hashtag isn't much fun; many basic hashtags don't exist at all, and the search functionality gives incorrect feedback, mistaking hashtag searches for user searches. Video creation isn't much fun either, since there's so little you can do. The app's scant filter and AR options don't make for much creativity, and choosing from the limited selection of obscure artist music clips is less than thrilling. Though the app claims you can “lock” Murges, thus stopping strangers from collaborating with you, there seems no actual way to do this, and no security controls to speak of, beyond the ability to report another user. What does work is the location tracking. This, plus the capacity to send private Murges, and the fact that every third video is created by girls clearly under the 13+ age minimum, equals a big red flag for parents. The good news is the app's community is small and thus far, video content appears relatively free of bad language and suggestive or violent content. Still, that hardly makes up for the app's poor functionality, unintuitive interface, and limited features. All in all, this is one collaborative tool you and your kids can do without. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying safe online when interacting with strangers on apps like Murge - Video Dialog. Do your kids know who they should "collaborate" with online? 

  • Discuss how developers store personal information. When you delete an app, do companies keep the personal information you submitted to it? How do you know?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 2, 2018
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 172.80 MB
  • Publisher: Pure Solo Ltd
  • Version: 1.25
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.3 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 15, 2019

For kids who love social networking and digital presentation

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