After Faculty Is Again On The App Retailer, However With Modifications To Curb Cyberbullying
After Faculty is again. The nameless message board software returned to the App Retailer a number of hours after it disappeared earlier as we speak. The app continues to be marketed to college students and permits for the nameless posting of messages. However an Apple spokesperson tells me that the developer made modifications to stop inappropriate and offensive content material.
The app now has a 17+ age restriction and customers can flag content material. Apple informed the developer to wash up the content material and I couldn’t discover any content material bullying one other individual after the app relaunched.
Apple takes reviews of cyberbullying and offensive content material very critically. An Apple spokesperson tells me that following TechCrunch’s report final night time, Apple’s developer group contacted the developer and requested him to take the app down and make modifications. We observed the app was not out there round 7:00 am ET this morning, however the app returned round 6:00 pm ET this night.
Launched just some weeks in the past, After Faculty’s fast rise to notoriety is harking back to Yik Yak‘s historical past. After simply a few reviews of offensive content material, the nameless posting app got here beneath hearth as a haven for cyberbullying and ultimately, although some would say not fast sufficient, took steps to limit entry to the demographic posting such materials.
Regardless of the so-referred to as safeguards in place, I used to be capable of log into my native faculty’s website and browse and publish content material. There are 735 customers on my native highschool’s After Faculty board and it’s precisely what I anticipated, too — excessive schoolers speaking like excessive schoolers. It’s principally messages about boyfriends, blowjobs and pimples. There was a contact of nudity in a few of the footage, however I couldn’t discover a remark concentrating on one other consumer in an offensive method.
In the present day’s replace depends on the After Faculty consumer base to police itself. It permits customers to flag content material for removing. That alone won’t cease cyberbullying, nevertheless it ought to let the corporate maintain tabs on the offensive content material.
Apple doesn’t let app producers get away with violating its phrases of service, particularly with displaying offensive materials. I might anticipate the app to shortly disappear endlessly if studies proceed to floor after at the moment’s replace.
After Faculty’s developer nonetheless has not returned TechCrunch’s request for remark.