A dating app for smartphones has suspended access for teen users after reports that it was used in a series of child rapes in the United States.The app called Skout, which was designed as a location-based dating service, made the announcement after a New York Times report said some of its users had been victimized."The safety of our community is our number one concern," founder and chief executive Christian Wiklund said on the company blog Tuesday.
Bless or curse the smartphone, but you can’t doubt its impact. Even digital dating has become a hand-held activity.
Online dating, long dominated by big outfits like Match.com and eHarmony, has in the last two years been transformed by the rise of Tinder, the mobile phone app that lets its users scan photos and short profiles of potential dates.
Then, as easy as a swipe of a finger, you can decide if you want to chat or pass on a prospect.
OTTAWA — Michaelle Jean, Canada’s former governor-general and chancellor of the University of Ottawa, suggested Thursday a ‘‘rape culture’’ is infecting the country’s campuses, and even society at large.
As the U of O president Allan Rock announced a task force in response to allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving students, Ms. Jean said some female students have complained of a “rape culture.’’ She told a press conference a troubling change seems to be taking place.
TORONTO — A New York developer hopes his new app will bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to ending their conflict “one swipe at a time.”
Matthew Nolan created Verona, a free dating app in which Israelis and Palestinians can meet and form relationships across the world.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio school superintendent, two coaches and a principal were charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players, the state’s attorney general said Monday.
The special grand jury convened in Steubenville had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.
Happn is the latest addition to the app-based dating scene. After securing $8 million (£5.2 million) of funding, it now boasts close to 2 million downloads and 700,000 active monthly users, founder Didier Rappaport told Business Insider UK. Around a third of those are in London.