Westreich added that MeWe added about 2.5 million new users last week, bringing its total users to 16 million.
MeWe, he said, is the “anti-Facebook” social media and is “the new mainstream social network with all the features people love and no ads, no targeting, no newsfeed manipulation, and no BS.”
During the November 2020 election, MeWe, Gab, and Parler saw respective surges in users amid concerns that Twitter, Facebook, Google, and other Big Tech companies would silence dissent and free speech. Parler, meanwhile, was booted from Google and Apple app services before Amazon Web Services removed the company from its hosting platform, forcing Parler to find alternatives.
Messaging apps Signal and Telegram have also seen a rise in traffic.
“People are coming to us because they want more privacy, and it’s generally spreading through word of mouth,” Kamyl Bazbaz, DuckDuckGo vice president of communications, told news outlets last week. “People are looking for alternatives to the surveillance-tech business model.”