Inspired by the concept of the “fourth branch of government,” the mobile app 4b was designed to be a safe place for healthy debate. Built on the ethos of “we-the-people,” the 4b is start-up challenges the status quo by creating a space for well-written articles on controversial topics that are original, to-the-point, and validated extensively with proper references.
On 4b, you’ll find fresh editorial content that cuts through the closed information bubbles of mainstream online news sources (or worse, fake news). In contrast, we welcome all voices with a unique perspective provided that the content has been properly referenced, fact-checked, and verified by our diligent editorial team. The app stands out in that it is apolitical. Adhering to the classic principles of free speech and integrity-driven journalism allows the reader to decide where they stand on issues and controversial topics free from the pressures of bias. On top of this, our team of editors is always on call ensuring that due diligence has been done regarding fact-checking and verifying the credibility of sources cited.
Once an article is live on the site, all readers on the forum can engage with the content directly, either through political debate, upvoting, commenting, or tagging other @users. Each day, the top 4 most upvoted articles are ranked and pinned to the top of the feed. Fundamentally, 4b creates a space for inclusive discussions where multiple viewpoints can be discussed on thought-provoking, civil terms without ridicule or divisiveness.
Access the Top 4 Trending Topics on the platform daily
Vote, comment, and tag other users in the article’s thread
Create a profile with a personal photo and bio
Follow (or unfollow) anyone on the platform
Create group chats of mutual followers
Automatically keep track of your upvotes, comments, and votes in the “My Activities” section of your profile
Allow other users to view your profile or set your account to private (where only people whom you accept as followers can view your activity)
Manually delete activities you do not want others to see
Chat privately with followers whom you follow back
Save your favorite articles under “My Topics” and create custom categories
Change your category interests in your settings at any time
Report inappropriate or derogatory content or comments
Upgrade for additional features
ENGAGE WITH EDITORIAL CONTENT DIRECTLY
As an individual, you can engage with the content, discuss topics, and share thoughts privately if you wish. That means no one will see your upvotes, comments, or activity if you do not approve it. Whether you choose to set your profile private or public, you can still engage in community activity and speak your mind. This shows the activities of people that you follow (if their profiles are set publicly). Likewise, community posts show user-generated content from users that you follow, helping you access more content relevant to your top categories. Remember, you can reset your privacy settings or categories at any point.
USE “BRANCHES” AS CURRENCY
All users can post a picture and text; however, this costs them “1 branch” to post. Premium users are allowed one free post per day. There are several ways to earn branches. For example, let’s say you refer a friend; for each new user who redeems your code, you redeem a branch. You can spend one branch by voting on two articles. You can also earn a branch by getting ten upvotes on your comment. You can also purchase branches or redeem them for merchandise or to create a user post.
With premium membership ($3.99/month) you get a bonus of 4 monthly branches to use at your discretion, a freely daily post, and an ad-free experience.
Interested? Download 4b today for reliable editorial content that challenges the status quo.
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