Skout pulls the plug on teens

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Skout, a dating app for smartphones, has suspended access for their teen members, after stories of rape of underage users were reported.

Skout is a location-based dating service app that took the decision to protect minors and as well as their company from further criticisms.

According to founder and Chief Executive of Skout Christian Wikliund, “The safety of our community is our number one concern.”

He added that, “In recent weeks, we’ve learned of several incidents involving a few bad actors trying to take advantage of some of our younger members. We though carefully about what to do. We know how much Skout mean to our teen community, and, at Skout, our community means everything to us.”

Skout has about 5 million users and is considered as the largest location-based dating app. They used to target adults but have created a different service specifically for teens a year ago.

This is a big cause for concern since social networking sites, and even location based services, have cause rape cases.

A report from The New York Times said that three individuals have been accused of rape using the mobile app.

They added that the victims were a 15 year old Ohio girl, a 12 year old California native and a 13 year old Wisconsin boy who was assaulted.

Should Skout suspend service to teens or should they close the company after these incidents?

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