The founder and CEO of MeWe, the social network known as the 'anti-Facebook', talks about Instagram and the most honest Twitter feeds regarding internet privacy.

Worried about social media and internet privacy? Meet Mark Weinstein. He is considered a leading privacy advocate and one of the visionary inventors of social networking. Mark founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, precursors to today’s social and chat networks at the turn of the millennium.

Mark is ranked one of the 'Top 8 Minds in Online Privacy' and was named “Privacy by Design Ambassador” by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. He is based in LA and writes about privacy and social media for HuffPost and USA Today.


More recently, he launched the Next-Gen Social Network MeWe, known as the 'anti-Facebook.' MeWe is a new alternative and revolutionary social network that has been engineered with no ads, no tracking and no BS. MeWe made its official launch during 2016, and was honoured as the 2016 Start-Up of the Year Finalist for 'Innovative World Technology.' World-renowned thought leaders, including inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, have joined Mark on MeWe’s Advisory Board.

Here, Mark reveals how Instagram is spying on you, meeting his wife online and the most honest Twitter feeds regarding internet privacy.

My favourite website… Catching up on Reddit. Perusing the latest privacy discussions and other edgy, dissonant conversations is a favourite activity of mine. Also as a 7x24 entrepreneur and an active dad of a toddler, shopping is an impossibility except for occasional runs to Whole Foods and Costco. Every day something arrives in a box from Amazon - a toy, toothpaste, you name it. Reading member reviews is super helpful. From within, Amazon doesn't know my politics, religion, health, sexuality, who I am with, where I am, or what I am saying/doing. They only know what I look at and buy. That's OK with me; my browser settings eliminate any ads they might want to send.

My favourite apps… They are the ones I founded: MeWe and MeWePRO. MeWe offers great social media without the BS and MeWePRO offers brilliant enterprise communication that supercharges collaboration and results while eliminating dreadful internal email. I use both all day, everyday - for my personal social media and for all communication inside my company. These apps give me direct, unfettered access to my private and professional world - fantastic!

My blogs of choice… Ah - if only I had time to read a blog… besides news sites, my favourites are fun automobile storytellers like Jay Leno's Garage and Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I've been an auto enthusiast since I was a kid. I drive a Hellcat.

My internet hero…Sir Tim Berners-Lee the inventor of the World Wide Web. Sir Tim is a true hero of the world, and a gentleman of the highest integrity. It all started with the Web and he invented it, which allowed for the emergence of the internet. By the way, Tim doesn't take credit for the internet.

My favourite podcasts... Sorry, I've no time to take in podcasts.

My most recent buy online was… A car seat following research on the Consumer Reports website which is an American magazine providing product ratings. They are non-profit and unbiased with remarkable testing facilities for nearly any kind of product (edible or otherwise).

Book just downloaded/ read... I don't download books. I like to hold and feel a book and read from paper. I'm carrying a heavy hardcover in my suitcase right now. It is Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, Born To Run'.

Favourite tweeter… Probably @EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). They tell it like it is when it comes to privacy. There is no hidden agenda, just the truth.

Favourite Instagrammer… That's a Facebook company - sorry but I avoid these data companies pretending to give me a social experience but in reality are just spying on everything I click, do, or say.

Social media allowed me to meet… My wife - if you count 'MeetUp' as social media. They had a pretty cool idea and did it well for a few years. They were acquired by WeWork last year.

Most worthwhile newsletter subscribed to… I subscribe to both the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times online (and print too). They are not really newsletters but all that I have time for and their sites are very good.

Pet hate about life online… Listen, I'm one of the founders of social media - aka communication technology - and the promise was that all of this great online stuff would make our lives easier and our work week shorter. NOT. Sorry!

Stand out online memory... Dial-up. People have forgotten that the only way we all got online at the beginning was through the telephone line. Remember how patient (or impatient) we had to be. Pages would take eons to load. Children today (and teens) have no idea of what thin bandwidth really is. The progress in data transmission is remarkable.

July 2018