”, which had been live for nearly two months without moderation.
The website recently lowered its upper age limit from 25 years old to 20, but without deleting users aged 21 and above – despite adults as old as 60 being found to have signed up to the service, which is popular among British teenagers and has 300,000 users worldwide.
More than a quarter of children using specialist teen dating apps, some as young as 13, have been contacted by adults online, it can be revealed.
One website marketing itself at 13- to 20-year-olds – – has breached rules governing nudity with posts including: “Do any girls want to post nudes message [sic]” and “Horny girls message me”, an investigation by The Independent has found.
(Flirting via one’s mobile device means exchanging photos, chatting, and if others’ locations are nearby, possibly meeting up with them in order to hook up with a fellow Skout user.)The company that invented Skout is a San Francisco-based startup that bills itself as a mobile service for people who want to meet others who are interested in chatting, networking, or flirting.