What is Ten Ten, the new French application that is noisily making its way into classrooms? – Liberation

What is Ten Ten, the new French application that is noisily making its way into classrooms? – Liberation
What is Ten Ten, the new French application that is noisily making its way into classrooms? – Liberation

Popular in middle and high schools, the French application Ten Ten offers a return to walkie-talkie-style communications.

We saw the comeback of vinyl or CD, minus this one: with more than a million downloads, the Ten Ten application brings the walkie-talkie up to date. With immense success among young people, the French platform – available for a month on Android and almost a year on iPhone – has risen to first place in the ranking of the App’s most popular social networks. Store, with a particularly intrusive concept.

On Ten Ten, users can communicate live, at any time and regardless of the distance, via audio messages automatically played on the phone of the person contacted. Above all, the application asks to allow it to run in the background on our phone. And that’s the beauty of Ten Ten: messages from other users – previously added as friends – can arrive at any time, loudly, even if our device is locked. A quickly nightmarish feature for those who appreciate privacy, but very popular with young people. Some users admit to using it to trick their friends, by waking them up with a shrill noise in the middle of the night, or activating their phone in the middle of class.

“This app is too dangerous”

And the phenomenon seems anything but marginal. On TikTok, the publication of a young girl staging herself, awakened by a friend on Ten Ten, has accumulated nearly 7 million views. Another user has fun on video: “It’s an application to harm that. I know that with the friends I have, it’s impossible for me to install this application, otherwise I’ll go to hebs [prison, ndlr] in two minutes.” “This app is too dangerous […] There’s a friend of mine who got kicked out of class because of Ten Ten”, confirms in another publication the tiktoker Wissam. “Take advantage of the bugs that exist at the moment to uninstall the application.” These software errors are precisely linked to too large an influx of users.

And Ten Ten assumes this in its description on the App Store and the Play Store: “Sing, shout or whisper… your friends will hear you in real time, even when the phone is locked!” To mute these unwanted voice messages, you must activate the mode “do not disturb” from your phone, or mute your contact directly on the application.

If the application has access to their IP address, their directory or their location, users of the application do not seem to worry too much about their private lives.

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