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The app itself is available for i OS and Android and asks users to create a miniature profile by either importing information from Facebook or just punching in a username, email address, password (and, of course, a profile picture)goofy to creepy pretty quickly, with the chatrooms full of abusive language and invitations from strangers to start "chatting in private" - an especially worrying feature given that the sign-up age is just 13 years old and requires no external verification (and users can always choose to hide their age).
The app also offers the chance to browse profiles in your area, and judging by the short bios some users have written (“no nudes plz”; “don’t message me if your [sic] 50”) this feature can be a magnet for creeps.
Meow Chat does tell people to "never send or request inappropriate images" and users can choose to make their profiles private, but these seem relatively flimsy safeguards - especially for an app that's designed to spread virally through users' Facebook friend list.
As Snapchat has shown through its multiple hacking scandals, it's common for app makers to focus on wild growth to the detriment of users' security.
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It's true that we live in a golden age for flirting with strangers.
Just when you’re getting sick and tired of hearing about the likes of Tinder and Grindr a new app blows in, offering the same cruising-for-compliments excitement with an added dash of cartoon cats: meet Meow Chat.
free chat website that lets you connect with people quickly and easily.
Featuring mobile chat rooms as well, helps you find and connect with single women and men throughout the globe.
It's not the first app to strong-arm users into posting what is essentially free advertising, but it does seems a particularly coercive example.