Setting the Record Straight

Rolling Stone’s Dishonest “Hit Job” Against MeWe

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On May 23, 2019, Rolling Stone published an article about MeWe that contained so many falsehoods and was so overtly biased, it’s hard to believe it made it out of the drafts folder. As a longtime reader and fan of Rolling Stone, I was astonished and disappointed that the magazine would release such an unprofessional and misleading piece.

The article was a strange, unwarranted, “hit job” full of untruths, grossly mischaracterizing MeWe and its members, appearing to be a vendetta by their journalist who had previously written about vaccine discussions on social media and was offended that MeWe would allow law and TOS-abiding people to discuss their opinions about vaccines — pro con — in the spirit of freedom of speech.

MeWe’s TOS is clear: haters, bullies, lawbreakers, and people promoting threats and violence are not welcome. The MeWe Trust and Safety Team works hard every day to remove them. However, if members want to have conversations about political points of view, or discuss the merits of various medical treatments, diets, exercise regimens, supplements, lifestyles, etc., it is not the role of a social media company to police such discussions. Censoring them would run contrary to MeWe’s core values. The premise of democracy is the freedom to discuss issues. Here is an article I wrote on this topic:

Current mainstream social networks harvest our data, destroy our true privacy, manipulate our newsfeeds and our minds, and facilitate election interference and the disruption of democracies worldwide. MeWe is a force for good in the world. There are no ads, no targeting, no newsfeed manipulation, and no way to “boost” any content to anyone. No entity can pay to target or promote an opinion to MeWe members — so no false beliefs or makeshift science etc. can be broadly promoted on MeWe. Instead, MeWe is where people worldwide have authentic communication with friends, family and common interest groups in the spirit of trust, control, safety and love.

When the Rolling Stone article came out, MeWe decided that the best response would be to just have the story disappear in a superseding flood of positive media coverage. In the months since, MeWe has received unbiased and fair coverage from top-tier media outlets such as TechCrunch, CNN, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fox Business, Fast Company, etc., and no reporter followed Rolling Stone down its rabbit hole — because it was not true. Alas, Google does not forget so quickly, and the article continues to occasionally pop up when people search about MeWe.

To set the record straight, here is the “” that MeWe’s attorney served to Rolling Stone within a week of their article’s publication. It details the countless falsehoods and bias against MeWe.

Rolling Stone is protected by the First Amendment too, and they refused to pull the story. MeWe’s next move would have been to file a lawsuit for libel, but that would have been far too costly for the company at that time.

MeWe is a force for good in the world. It’s the fun, uplifting social network for friends, families and common interest groups to make positive connections in the spirit of trust, control and love.

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Renowned Privacy Expert, Founder/CEO of MeWe: The Next-Gen Social Network

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