Houseparty app goes viral

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The Houseparty App has seen an explosion of downloads while New Zealand is in lockdown.

Houseparty is a free social media app that allows users to video-chat and play games with one another in a similar way to if they were hanging out face-to-face.

Downloading data has shown that Houseparty has practically been an overnight success. On March 17, it was ranked 1143rd overall in New Zealand on Apple’s App Store. Just six days later, it had risen to 1st.

In that same period, it went from being our 12th most popular social media app, to ousting the likes of Instagram and Facebook be number one by March 23.

This staggering rise isn’t limited to Aotearoa. One reporter who has been tracking Houseparty said its popularity “seems to have followed coronavirus around the globe”.

Please be aware that Kiwi Kids News does not support the use of the Houseparty App. Experts have suggested that some of the privacy settings on the App are not as strong as they should be. CLICK HERE

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