Skout, of course, did none of this out of the kindness of its heart: In June 2012, three adults were arrested for using the app to prey on and sexually assault minors.
Will it take a rape case or an Orwellian sex-registry sentencing to get Tinder and Hot or Not to do the same?
Meanwhile, behemoth Tinder, despite banning the solicitation of “personal information from anyone under the age of 18,” openly welcomes underage users: In fact, in February 2014, Tinder’s Justin Mateen bragged that more than 7 percent of all users are between 13 and 17. “There needs to be, in my opinion, greater responsibility on the part of app creators and developers,” said Donna Rice Hughes, the president and CEO of the Internet safety group Enough Is Enough.
“They are creating an opportunity for strangers to meet each other, and they’re not recognizing that in those situations young people are particularly vulnerable.” To their credit, of course, most of these apps do claim to segregate the over-18s from the under-18s.
And, Mixxxer, a new app based solely on sex, is vying to take that spot. There’s definitely a gap in the market and we’re trying to fill that gap as best we can. Where another platform's call to action is "find someone," on Mixxxer it's "get laid." Users here are invited to share explicit selfies, belfies, what-have-you, and The Daily Beast reports that more than 100,000 users have signed up in eight weeks' time.
We looked at some of the bigger guys like Adult Friend Finder and saw they were having trouble staying relevant in this new mobile landscape, they are kind of big and bulky."Tinder's easy swipe feature seems in some way geared towards casual dating — if not outright casual sex — but Mixxxer minces no words. It's early yet, but certainly one of the hurdles for the platform's future growth will be ensuring privacy on those nudes.
Browse Twitter and you hear about your buddies cup of coffee in the morning or a recent milestone in someones life.The pair met on the hook-up app “Hot or Not,” which prompted the judge on the case to bemoan, at length, the sexual mores of kids these days.But maybe His Honor should’ve directed the ire a bit higher, at Silicon Valley: After all, that’s where several companies are designing “adult” hook-up apps … Historically, the apps in this space have explicitly required that their users be above 18 or 21, whichever is the local age of majority.I would argue that the Down App (Bang With Friends) is the social media app that really ignited the desire for more sexual encounter products.Launched in mid-2013, this sexy app allows users to choose friends on Facebook who they want to bone.While the world of apps at large might be entering into toddlerhood, dating apps are still infants in a lot of ways, battling browser-based originals including e Harmony, Match.com, and more obviously for the millennial set, Ok Cupid.