How to Use BeReal Social Media App Safely

If you’re someone who spends time on the internet, you might have discovered the new social media app BeReal, where users take quick snapshots of an “authentic moment” during the day to share with their followers. .

What is BeReal?

BeReal is a photo sharing app created by French app designer Alexis Barreyat.

  • Unlike most social media apps, BeReal has no filters or editing option.
  • On top of that, users have two minutes to post their photo after receiving a notification from BeReal.
  • The app captures what the front and rear camera are viewing at the same time.
  • Reshoots or photos taken beyond the two-minute mark will be published with a warning, as I wrote for Deseret News.

Although BeReal is an easy to use social media app, there are some areas of concern.

Is BeReal safe?

Aimed at users 13 and older, the app contrasts with the baggage of likes and follows that other apps like Instagram and Facebook depend on. The BeReal app has no profiles, followers, likes or messages.

Because it moves away from some harmful elements of social media platforms, this photo sharing app is safer to use, but there are risks and concerns to consider.

  • An anxiety-inducing feature is the two-minute time limit to take the photo, otherwise BeReal sends a notification to all your friends telling them you’re “late”. This negative reinforcement can cause users to prioritize the app during the day between work or school.
  • This app also encourages taking “candial” photos of yourself, which means users can constantly reveal their location, hobbies, and an abundance of personal details. Since there are no privacy features, parental controls, or blocking capabilities, this poses a security risk to the user.
  • Geolocation is enabled by default, which means that if you post your BeReal on the public feed, your location may be compromised.

Tips for using BeReal safely

Safer schools, an organization that advocates for online safety, has released a list of tips for parents and guardians. Some of these tips include avoiding posting anything too personal and understanding image ownership rights.

What you need to know about privacy settings

BeReal’s privacy policy states that the processing of users’ personal data is carried out in accordance with French law, under the Data Protection Act, as well as the General Data Protection Regulations of the European Union.

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