(Editor’s note: Since this post was written, Musical.ly has been rebranded as TikTok.) A dad named Jack R. says just about every week, his 9-year-old son asks if he can use the app Musical.ly. His son’s best friend has been telling him that everyone at school has an account. After hearing the kid beg all summer, Jack finally decided to download it onto his own phone and sign up himself so that he could look into the privacy settings and “see how stranger-danger it was.” When he entered his gender (male) and birthday (he’s 32), Jack says he was bombarded with content he never expected. Advertisement As soon as he was logged in, the app suggested videos for him. Describes Jack: “It connected me to a 13-year-old girl in a belly shirt. Next up, a 15-year-old girl dancing like a stripper. Then another underage girl, then another, and another. This app knows what creepy dudes with Musical.ly accounts want.” For those unfamiliar (which likely includes most people over 25), Musical.ly is a social media platform that lets users make and share 15-second videos of themselves lip syncing to various sound clips, from the latest Cardi B hit to comedy bits… Read full this story
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