ZDNET - Jan 20 - MeWe, a privacy-first "anti-Facebook" platform, added 2.5M new members in a week since Facebook and Twitter users are getting fed up with relentless privacy violations, surveillance capitalism, political bias, targeting, and newsfeed manipulation by these companies. MeWe touted to be the ad-free future of social networking, is currently the No. 1 downloaded social app in the Google Play Store, and the No. 3 downloaded app out of all apps in the store. Since launching in 2016, it surged to 9M users in October 2020, doubling its membership during each of the last 3 years. The platform is currently sitting at 15.5M members - 50% of whom are outside of North America.