Zynn

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Pyramid scheme TikTok clone pays to recruit friends.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Educational Value

Not created for educational purposes.

Ease of Play

Instructions are easy to follow, including for redeeming points for gift cards.

Violence

Possibility for violence in pranks and skits or references to violence in songs.

Sex

Lots of innuendo and suggestive dancing and in challenges (i.e. kiss your friend, walk in to a room naked).

Language

Frequent use of profanity including "f--k" in songs and skits.

Consumerism

Comment sections are filled with users asking for follows and to use their referral code so they can get points.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depends on video, but songs and original content frequently include references to drinking, drugs, and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zynn is a video-sharing app that pays users to recruit other users and spend time in the app. It has no privacy settings (beyond blocking users), so everything posted is public. Points earned in the app can be redeemed for gift cards or PayPal (though the cash-out option for PayPal is frequently unavailable). Direct messaging isn't available, but users can comment on other's posts. The privacy policy outlines the long list of information the app collects from your device, which includes apps and file names, the pages you view before and after accessing the app, your location, and -- of course -- whatever account numbers you hand over. 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTuanna1 August 12, 2020
Adult Written byWillow1967 July 11, 2020

Zynn hook then crook

So zynn removed the payment system almost a month ago. And big surprise they made promises to put one back in place which never happened.

So I emailed them go... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJohn Whitcock June 11, 2020

A TikTok like app that pays you to watch and get new users!

It is a great app, if you spend all your time on TikTok this is for you. You will still get to watch the videos you love but make money while doing so. If you w... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byShanulashman June 7, 2020

Referral code

So everytime I put in the referral code from one of my friends it doesn’t work because it keeps saying basically that there’s too many people using the code at... Continue reading

What's it about?

ZYNN is a TikTok-style video-sharing app that gives users coins for interacting with content and referring friends. Those coins can be redeemed for gift cards or cash via PayPal. Gift card options include Amazon, Target, Walmart, and several fast food restaurants. Payouts begin at $10 and go up in increments of $5 for gift cards. Users can share videos created by others or create original content. They can like and comment on videos, but there isn't direct messaging. All accounts are public, though users can block specific users individually. Just like TikTok, there are two tabs -- one to view "For You" videos and the other to view videos from those you follow.

Is it any good?

With no options for a private account and the questionably sustainable referral system for earning money, this video app should be used with caution. The content is mostly recycled from other social media sites with few original content creators. There's no connection in the comments since the bulk of commenters are asking people to use their referral code to make money or soliciting followers for the same reason. The gift card rewards are legit. Watching videos only earns pennies a day, but referring friends who then use the app does pay off. Though there are options for pay-outs in cash or gift cards, the cash pay-out option is frequently down. Ultimately, Zynn is a pyramid scheme in app form that isn't really encouraging creativity or connection, but is profiting off of users' information and contact list. Though it may seem like easy money and gift cards, there are lots of user reviews indicating that it's very difficult to acutally earn money and receive it. Meanwhile, the app collects an enormous amount of device information. So, while you may get a free pizza out of using Zynn, they're likely getting more -- by using you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Zynn is paying to give out friends' contact information. Read our article on Genius Ways Companies Get Kids to Do Their Marketing for Them and discuss.

  • Ask kids if there's really anything unique about Zynn. Are they seeing the same videos as on other social media video sites? Is getting paid to sell their friends' information the only thing unique about Zynn? Is that worth it?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 28, 2020
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 176.20 MB
  • Publisher: Qianyun Zhao
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: August 5, 2020

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