ZDNET - Apr 30 - MeWe increases its user base as people turn away from ad-riddled social media platforms. MeWe says it does not control users' newsfeed or fill their feed with third-party ads or content and has grown almost 18M members. The platform has raised ~$23M from high-net-worth investors. MeWe's membership grew by 36% in Q1 2021 and by an average of 173% per year for the last 3 years. 50% of its traffic is outside of North America. MeWe is available in 20 languages and was recently the #1 downloaded social app in Hong Kong.