Google and Apple Stores Drop Dating Apps After the FTC Issues Warnings about Underage Use

Both Google and Apple have removed three dating apps from their digital stores after the FTC warns of use by underage individuals…

It would certainly seem prudent for app devs to prevent children from signing up for dating apps. But, that’s apparently not always the case. Apple and Google have both taken down three Wildec dating apps — FastMeet, Meet24, and Meet4U — after the FTC warned of underage use.

Google and Apple Stores Drop Dating Apps After the FTC Issues Warnings about Underage Use

The federal agency discovered individuals under the age of 13 were signing up, which means the apps violated COPPA or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

What’s more, the FTC found there were “several” people at the company who might face criminal charges for contacting children through these apps.

The FTC put out a warning to Wildec to “immediately remove” kids’ personal information and to require permission from parents to allow access by minors. Also, the company must follow COPPA laws.

If conditions are met, the stores can again allow the apps on their platforms.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.