Social Media - Chat and Video

Top Sites

1

Viber

Unlimited group chats for texting and calling only. Owned by Rakuten, based in Japan

2

Line

Free messaging and calls, popular in Asia. Owned by Naver Corporation, based in South Korea & Japan

3

Telegram

Ad-free messaging app with secure end-to-end encrypted communication. Based in the UK & Germany

4

Snapchat

Auto-destructing messages and fun filters. Remains as independent company

  Advice  

There are so many chat applications available these days that it's difficult to know which to choose. While many of these apps are similar, most offer something that make them unique from the rest. If your friends and family don't already have an established method of communication, you should consider a few things before you decide on one. Determine the importance of security, time and participant limits, voice and video calls, group chat support, photo and file sharing, and price. Lots of apps are free but they may include ads unless you upgrade to the paid version. If security is important to you, consider one of the apps that feature self-destructing messages or encrypted communication. Never give away personal information to people you don't know.

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(Listed alphabetically)

Apple iMessage

Instant messaging service for Apple users that syncs across devices

Band

Informal group chatting platform. Owned by Naver Corporation, based in South Korea

Blackberry BBM Enterprise

Reliable and encrypted messaging system targeted for enterprise businesses

Discord

Emphasis on bringing people together within a community. Originally for video gamers

Dust

Highly secure app with the ability to self-destruct and unsend messages. Owned by Radical App

Facebook Messenger

Most popular in the US (see footnote)

Google Hangouts

Reliable online hangout app for G-Suite users

GroupMe

Focus on group chats. Owned by Microsoft

HeyTell

Simple push-to-talk app with no account required

Houseparty

Interactive games for calls that supports groups of up to 8

KakaoTalk

Chatting app with popular emoticons. Based in South Korea

Kik

Anonymous messaging popular with a younger crowd

MeWe

Self-destructing text, voice, and video chat messages with an emphasis on privacy and control

Signal

Secure end-to-end encrypted communication

Silent Phone

Secure messaging app with no phone number required

Skype

Free, real-time video calls including landlines. Owned by Microsoft

Slack

Team-oriented messaging tool for the office. Owned by Salesforce

Talkatone

Create a custom phone number without the hassle of a phone plan. Owned by Ooma

Triller

Video-sharing social media platform

Triller

Video-sharing social media platform

Voxer

Walkie-talkie app with free and premium plans

WeChat

Messaging and social media. Owned by Chinese company Tencent

WhatsApp

Most popular worldwide with encryption. Owned by Facebook (see footnote)

* Footnote:

Facebook
• Fosters info bubbles, political division, polarization, dis/misinformation & conspiracy theories in the US & worldwide. Despite pressure to address these issues, they have repeatedly insisted they have little capability to address the problem.
• Facebook is being investigated on antitrust, users privacy & content moderation by the Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General, House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Senate Judiciary Committee & Federal Communications Commission.