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Popular Music App Reportedly Exposes Aussie Kids To Child Porn & Sex Predators

Written by Emmy Mack on November 4, 2016

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaa…. this is some truly scary shit.

The New Daily has published a report alleging that thousands of Australian kids and teenagers are accessing pornographic videos — and even child porn — through a popular music app call musical.ly, which specifically targets the youth audience.

Here’s how the free app spruiks itself on the Apple App Store:

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Musical.ly is popular with the young’ns because it encourages them to video themselves lip-syncing and dancing along to their favourite tunes, creating a ‘musical’ which is then uploaded to the app for other users to view, ‘like’ and comment on.

But according to The New Daily, 30 minutes after creating a musical.ly account, their reporter had stumbled upon “dozens of videos depicting explicit sexual activity and several instances clearly depicting underage full-frontal and partial nudity”.

According to the site:

“In one video, a girl identifying herself as 11 years old dances suggestively above a comment that includes the hashtags “#f*ckme” and “#f*ckgirl” (our censorship, not the app’s).

In a statement to the publication, the app’s developers say they “prioritise the safety of our users” and “take appropriate measures to expeditiously remove offensive or inappropriate content” from musical.ly, however The New Daily reports that after they themselves flagged two videos — “depicting underage nudity and female masturbation, respectively”  – and requested they be removed, the content was still visible 10 days later.

A cyber safety analyst has since issued a strong warning to parents about the app, which she claims is “phenomenally popular among both pre-teen and teenage children and especially girls, despite hosting content including depictions of hardcore sex, underage nudity and alleged self-harm”.

“I had a woman in Quebec get in touch with me, distraught because there was a girl from Brisbane who was threatening to self-harm on a live stream,” former policewoman Susan McLean tells The New Daily. “There is no editing, no filtering for this function, which children can use in any way they choose. It needs to be banned.

“Sexual predators no longer trawl apps like Facebook or Instagram, because they’re so heavily regulated now,” she continues.

“The sort of stuff you’ve seen on Musical.ly wouldn’t last for two minutes on those apps. The predators have gravitated to apps like Muscial.ly where they know there’s a high percentage of young children and no active policing.”

McLean says that up to 14 million new videos are uploaded every day to the site, which is age-rated ‘12+’ by the developers, despite the minimum age to access any form of social media in Australia is, by law, 13. And, as she also points out, many of the music videos currently featured on the slick, brightly coloured app show children who are “clearly under 12”.

Yikes. Take care of yourselves, people.

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