Reporter Posed As A Teenager On This App For 48 Hours – What She Found Is Truly Disgusting
The phone app known as Kik Messenger has been put under the microscope just recently when a reporter went undercover as a teen to see just how teens interact on the social media app.
In the app, you can connect with friends, groups, and many more. As of February 2, 2016, it boasted 275 million users worldwide, making it one of the largest messaging apps on the web.
Earlier this year, we brought you a story that involved this app. The app was a used by all the tragic deaths of some children.
Why is this app so popular?
A reporter from IJ Review wanted to expose to the world what really happened on this app.
My plan was to pose as a sixteen-year-old girl and engage in conversations with other Kik users.
I downloaded the app and created a profile using a fake name and a fake birthday.
In all of the apps I accessed, I was only required to verify that I was over thirteen. Easy.
Almost immediately she began receiving messages of men showing their genitalia.
She even told a 32-year-old man that she was 16 and he was 32, but he didn’t seem to mind.
At any given time, I had at least five individuals messaging me— both men and women. Often times, after only briefly chatting, I would be asked to send a photo of myself. Regardless of whether I sent them a photo — obviously, I never did — I would receive unsolicited naked photos from their end.
In all of the twenty to twenty-five people with whom I chatted, there was just one who stopped communicating with me as soon as I told him I was sixteen. Just one.
With such concern, she decided to reach out to KiK. This was their response
“Kik has implemented age verification procedures that are typical in the industry. We recommend that teens aged between 13 and 18 years get permission from their parent or legal guardian before they create a Kik account and start using Kik. Users are asked to enter their birthday when they create their account. If the birthday entered reflects an age younger than 13, the account won’t be registered… If Kik learns that a user is under the age of 13, it’s our policy to permanently deactivate their account and delete their personal information.”
You as a parent need to be aware of who your children talk to. It is extremely important to prevent your children from downloading this app, before a tragedy occurs and it is too late to do anything about it.