TiZR

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Live video network has few users, lots of privacy concerns.

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A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Confusing interface: Search bar doesn't seem to find much; you have to type "what you're up to" before uploading; deleting and finding other videos isn't straightforward. Also contains bugs, which interrupts user experience.

Violence

Because there's no filter or monitoring and the streams are live, there's always the chance of viewers seeing violent content.

Sex

Because there's no filter or monitoring and the streams are live, there's always the chance of viewers seeing sexual content. Also, the images that show up when you open the app every time show women wearing bikini tops and short shorts.

Language

Because there's no filter or monitoring and the streams are live, there's always the chance of viewers hearing strong language.

Consumerism

Because there's no filter or monitoring and the streams are live, there's always the chance of companies using the app to promote their products. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Because there's no filter or monitoring and the streams are live, there's always the chance of viewers seeing drugs or alcohol being used. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TiZR (pronounced "teaser") is a live video-streaming social network, similar to Periscope, Meerkat, and YouNow. Users can stream any kind of content they want publicly or to a group of selected contacts, and the videos appear on a feed where they stay for 20 minutes, with an extra 10 seconds added to their time on the home screen for every "like" they receive. As with any live video streaming, it's important to note that anything could appear in a feed at any time, and it's easy to violate someone's privacy (or your own!) by broadcasting something or someone you didn't mean to. In terms of content in the app itself, the intro and tutorial pages show images and videos of scantily clad women, which sets a tone. In terms of privacy, the app requires users to connect through Facebook or Twitter, frequently asks for permission to access contacts, and has no privacy policy at the time of review.

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What's it about?

TIZR is a live video-sharing social network that allows users to record and upload anything they want and share with a limited audience of contacts or with anyone using the app. Those videos are then shown on a home screen for 20 minutes, but every "like" a video gets adds 10 seconds to that time. Users must integrate other social media accounts and can follow other accounts and get notifications when new videos are posted.

Is it any good?

In addition to all the potential privacy issues that come with live video, this streamer has a very limited community and is full of bugs. Part of that has to do with the lack of users: During the review period, only one video was posted, even after following every possible account. It's also a very buggy and difficult-to-use interface. It's not entirely clear when you're recording, when you're broadcasting, how to stop recording, how to delete videos once they're live, and how to log out. Also, the app's lack of privacy policy, mandatory account integration, and constant demands to access friends and contacts are all pretty troubling. There's no word on what kind of information is being collected, where it's being stored, and how it's being used. Even in the main screen of the interface, the background is a live feed of whatever your camera is pointed toward, so as long as the app is running, so is the camera, which seems a little creepy. If a teen is going to stream video, this is not the platform to use.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about protecting yourself online, especially in social spaces where it's very easy to broadcast personal information.

  • Talk about "likes" and online popularity. Since only videos that get lots of likes are ever shown on the main screen, that'll create a very specific message about what kinds of content and behavior make one well-liked.

App details

For kids who love safe chatting and social networking

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