A look inside invite-only Ello, the social network with a manifesto

Are you on ello? Find me at ello.co/shaunarempel

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: Online producer Trish Kozicka gives us a look at the new social network that’s promising its users something that Facebook isn’t.

TORONTO – A social network promising user privacy and no ads? That’s what Ello claims to offer. It has some asking: is this the Facebook killer?

Created by a group of seven artists and programmers, it’s still in a beta phase as it works out bugs and introduces new features. It’s also only available through personal invites, and is fielding a reported 31,000 join requests per hour.

Ello differs from Facebook and Twitter in its “no ads” policy, and it doesn’t require you to register with your real name–contrary to Facebook’s recent decision to enforce such a policy that caused many drag queens and other members of the LGBTQ community to look for a new network.

Regardless of whether critics are right about its lack of staying power, or…

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