The article, written by Dan Lyons at Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, can be read here.The company has subsequently closed the app and only publishes the adult version, however, there isn’t any difference between the two versions except that the adult version “requires” that you’re 18 or older to join.It’s a fairly arbitrary hurdle for children and is more of a symbolic gesture on the part of Skout than an actual commitment to change.
Skout is a social networking site that’s become popular in the past couple months.
From the outside it looks like any other Facebook wannabe site, however, once you start poking around inside it becomes obvious that this isn’t like any other social network.
Skout is a dating/hookup site with several social network elements such as photos, status updates, and virtual gifts.
The site has gotten in trouble before when two girls, ages 12 and 15, and a 13 year old boy, who downloaded the app, were allegedly raped by adults who were using the app to meet children.
Once you answer those questions it populates your page with users who meet your criteria, and in our case the team created a male user and Skout started pushing female users to the page.
This is the very definition of a hook-up/dating/flirting website.
To help users get noticed, Skout has a “Look at me” function where users can bid with virtual credits and the winners get featured on all users profiles.
That combined with the fact that the site pushes users to upload pictures of themselves means underage children could be chatting and sharing pictures of themselves with adult users.
When our editorial team created an account, one of the things that stood out was the ability to see who was viewing their profile (positioned as “who’s checked me out”).