Skout Searches For Answers After Sex-Predator Crisis

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Skout CEO Christian Wiklund shut down teen access to his social network after reports of sexual predators using the service. Fifteen million people had downloaded and signed up to use the flirting app and mobile social network. Its monthly active users were spread across more than 100 countries, and exchanged 500 million messages per month. About 15% of the users were teens, ages 13 to 17. On Tuesday, that all changed. The company suddenly shut down its teen community amid reports that predators allegedly connected with minors and raped or sexually assaulted them, using Skout’s app to facilitate the meetings.... read the full post.

Excerpt/Analysis: Skout shut down its teen community this week, following news that sexual predators had used the social networking app in order to meet and sexually assault minors. As this story is timed with the WSJ story that Facebook might allow under-13s to join, there's been lots of fury and hand-wringing about the safety of kids online. Skout had lots of safety mechanisms in place, according to this article. So how do we protect kids?


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