The pair met on the hook-up app “Hot or Not,” which prompted the judge on the case to bemoan, at length, the sexual mores of kids these days.But maybe His Honor should’ve directed the ire a bit higher, at Silicon Valley: After all, that’s where several companies are designing “adult” hook-up apps … Historically, the apps in this space have explicitly required that their users be above 18 or 21, whichever is the local age of majority.
And arguably, by inviting teenagers in to begin with, hook-up apps are inviting them to lie about their age.Haven't met the love of your life on Tinder....well, what were you expecting?But listen, there are a lot of other platforms out there that allow you to meet people.Originally the app only showed one match per day, but after an update last year, that’s increased.For now, it only services Toronto in Canada, but plans to roll out in Vancouver this fall. Dragonfruit matches couples based on their particular nerdy obsessions.Tinder will, for instance, only show adult users to other adults.But it took me 15 minutes, and zero hoop-jumping, to falsely register as a 14-year-old looking to ~hook up.~ Meet Me, a Web-based hook-up app, had much the same process: in a couple of clicks, I was in — not as my 20-something self, but as a 14-year-old kid. COPPA, the federal statute that governs how Internet companies interact with kids, only applies to children younger than 14.In fewer than three minutes, two teenagers “chatted” me, trying to trade pics. And under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — the critical Internet legislation that basically allowed social networks to exist — a site operator can’t be held responsible for the misdeeds of its users, except in a couple very narrow circumstances.In 2006, for instance, a Texas mother sued Myspace for gross negligence after her 13-year-old daughter met a 19-year-old man on the site and was sexually assaulted.You find something you like—maybe you’re a Facebook fan, or a loyal Instagrammer, or a member of the cool Snapchat club—and you stick to it. Ever wonder if you’ve met your soulmate, but didn’t know it?If you’ve been dating via apps, you’ve almost certainly been swiping hard on Tinder. Happn matches appear in your timeline as you pass them in real life—link up the minute you match or later.