Facebook rival MeWe gains 2.5M members in a week as users seek privacy

Although MeWe has not intentionally positioned itself as a social network for conservatives,[2][3] Mashable noted in November 2020 that its active userbase trends conservative.[2] The platform's choice not to moderate misinformation on the platform has attracted conservatives who felt mainstream social networks were censoring their posts, and those who have been banned from those platforms.[2][3][12] MeWe is considered an alt-tech platform.[13][14]

MeWe's loose moderation has made it popular among conspiracy theorists, including proponents of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, which was banned from Facebook in 2020, and the "Stop the Steal" conspiracy theory relating to the 2020 United States presidential election.[2][3][12][15] According to Rolling Stone, MeWe has "played host to general interest communities related to music and travel, but it has also come to be a haven for anti-vaxxers, QAnon conspiracy theorists, and, as reported by OneZero, far-right militia groups."[3] Vice has described MeWe as a "major anti-vaxx forum".[1] BBC News has described some of the content on MeWe as "extreme" and compared it to that of Gab.[16] Business Insider has reported that some of the most popular groups on MeWe focus on "extreme views, like anti-vaccine rhetoric, white supremacy, and conspiracy theories."[12]


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