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“With all the great technology out there, I’d love to see these sites do more to guarantee that underage users aren’t getting on” — and that older users aren’t faking their ages, Hughes Rice said.
“That would be the right step by corporate America.” In the meantime, however, she isn’t holding her breath: “Ultimately, that’s why kids have parents.” Liked that?
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Nineteen-year-old Zach Anderson, center, was sentenced to 25 years on Indiana’s sex offender registry after he slept with a girl who lied about her age on the hook-up app Hot or Not.
This app was designed “for the most desirable singles and aims to create a community of desirable, responsive, and articulate singles by expelling ‘failing’ users.” The Grade uses an “objective” algorithm to expel low-quality members they deem hostile, offensive, and undesirable.
In fewer than three minutes, two teenagers “chatted” me, trying to trade pics. And under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — the critical Internet legislation that basically allowed social networks to exist — a site operator can’t be held responsible for the misdeeds of its users, except in a couple very narrow circumstances.
In 2006, for instance, a Texas mother sued Myspace for gross negligence after her 13-year-old daughter met a 19-year-old man on the site and was sexually assaulted.
Tinder will, for instance, only show adult users to other adults.
But it took me 15 minutes, and zero hoop-jumping, to falsely register as a 14-year-old looking to ~hook up.~ Meet Me, a Web-based hook-up app, had much the same process: in a couple of clicks, I was in — not as my 20-something self, but as a 14-year-old kid. COPPA, the federal statute that governs how Internet companies interact with kids, only applies to children younger than 14.The new app, exclusive to New York City, is geared toward the fitness community (as you can infer from the name).