Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Scout - The iPhone Flirting App Under Fire

Skout is a fast-growing, free flirting app for iPhone. Recentry it has come under fire, after it was discovered that a 3rd child was raped by a man posing as a teenager in the app's separate section for 13 to 17 year olds.
The NY Times reports:
In one case, a 24-year-old man was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in Escondido, Calif. In the second, a 15-year-old girl said she had been raped by a 37-year-old man she met using Skout. In the third, a 21-year-old man in Waukesha, Wis., is facing charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy.
It seems like this is only happening when users opt into using the GPS feature of the application, which allows them to find users nearby.
Mr. Christian Wiklund, Skout's Founder has expressed his desire to help the police with any investigations they undertake, to which we commend him. 

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