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The Federal Trade Commission said on Monday that Apple and Google removed three dating apps from their app stores after the FTC alleged they allowed kids under 13 to sign up.The apps — Meet24, Fast Meet and Meet4U — are operated by Wildec, a company based in the Ukraine, the FTC said.Online dating presents an effective solution to a serious problem.Browsing profiles isn’t nearly as time-consuming (or daunting) as mixing with people in a social context.We often assume the online dating world is strictly adults only, but as it turns out this isn’t always the case.Because credit cards are normally age-restricted, paid dating services are fairly effective at keeping out underage users – but lots of dating sites and apps are free and don’t have such robust checks. Tinder was one of them until recently, with 7% of its users aged between 13 and 17 (outnumbering 35 to 44-year-olds).
If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 to 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real life’.
The FTC said "it's possible that updated versions of these apps could appear in the future – but only for adults."Apple and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.© 2019 CNBC LLC. A Division of NBCUniversal Data is a real-time snapshot *Data is delayed at least 15 minutes.
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If your child is under 18, signing up will mean lying about their age.
Most adults on Tinder are there to match with other adults and won't want to start a friendship or relationship based on dishonesty. Meeting new people online is risky, especially for young people.