All social media apps come with some security concerns. Facebook, for example, is an all-in-one platform that allows both public and private posting but also makes it quite easy for scammers and predators to find and communicate with victims. One solution to this is invite-only video chat. With video chat, it’s more difficult for scammers to pretend to be someone else, and the invite-only nature makes it more difficult for predators to find their victims.
The Houseparty app is a perfect example of this. The app does away with the public face that most social media apps present, instead allows users to privately invite others into video or text chats. This allows for easier vetting of the individuals one is chatting with, but it also presents major privacy and security concerns for families.
What is Houseparty?
Houseparty is a private video chat app available on iOS, Android, and Mac OS. The app’s primary purpose is group video chatting, although users can also send text messages through the app. The app has been available under its current name since 2016 but was originally launched in 2015 as a live broadcasting app called Meerkat. Life on Air, the development company behind Meerkat (now Houseparty), decided to switch gears on the app shortly after its initial launch. By 2016, Meerkat was rebranded as Houseparty. The new version of the app changed gears away from a Facebook Live-style public video live stream toward private group chats similar to ooVoo.
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