But a brief time on the app revealed the same issues that brought down Chatroulette after a brief period of massive popularity in 2010.Among the 25 users CNBC chatted with, one was engaging in a sexually explicit act while another was showing off his genitals.He managed to get a push notification that said "#Yo Been Hacked" to its users. He dropped out of high school at 15 to take the opportunity."My parents didn't help me to drop out, but once it finally happened they supported my decision," Turner admitted.Monkey is a video-chat app for i Phone and i Pad, and connects users around the world with like-minded individuals for 10-second video chats using their Snapchat usernames.If you make a connection, you could have a friend on social media, which can be as important as real life.
Turner and his team developed artificial intelligence technology that would help detect inappropriate content, along with tools to allow users to report it.(Turner points out that no other social network can verify age either.)But some users are slipping through the cracks. "Interestingly, it's not teenagers who tend to perpetuate explicit behavior; it's adults," he said."Teenagers are using the space for its intent: connection to internet friends." He also noted other apps dealt with the same issues, but were able to prevent inappropriate content as they matured."If I hadn't done it I wouldn't have started Monkey, and Monkey is one of the best things that happened." To avoid the issues with its predecessor, Monkey employees – who have an average age of 18 – built AI to detect inappropriate content, Turner says. Once reported, the AI scans the chat, according to Turner.If it detects any explicit content, the user is banned automatically.