By segmenting them away from its older users, Skout thought it was taking the necessary precautions. According to The New York Times, men were allegedly posing as teenagers to connect with minors via Skout.
“In one case, a 15-year-old Ohio girl said she had been raped by a 37-year-old man,” says the NY Times.
One of the newest and fastest growing trends in online dating is the rise of mobile dating. According to its website, Skout is one of the biggest global mobile network designed for meeting new people.
It is a location-based social network, and has over 5 million users.
Creating a profile is quick and easy on both platforms.
One of the fun features on the mobile version of Skout is the “Shake to Chat” option, where you shake your phone and you then are connected completely randomly with another user.
From there, you can send winks, chat requests, or add users to your favorites.
Skout’s profile fields are limited to age, ethnicity, height, and a free-form About Me field.
The main page shows a grid of profile pictures with online status notifications and first names, which can alternatively be laid out in a list format.
Tapping each one goes to a more detailed profile with their latest status update, photo album (with comment section), proximity, and other information.
It once had to shut down its under-18 community after claims of abuse in the service, specifically, allegations of rape taking place among its users.
A month later, the company said that it had cleaned up its act and implemented new controls to better protect children using the service.