[to] see if any users are trying to engage in any illegal or inappropriate activity”.
But Claire Lilley, head of online safety at the NSPCC, said the children’s charity is “deeply disturbed that sexual predators could use teen dating apps and websites to target young people.
Allowing adults and children to mix on services that are blatantly about flirting and relationships has the potential to put children at risk of abuse.”Last year a 28-year-old man was jailed for nine years after he groomed two girls aged 14 and 15 on mylol.com, which was described by the NSPCC as a “playground for paedophiles”.
Benjamin Spratt, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of digital and oral penetration of a 14-year-old at Croydon Crown Court.
The website recently lowered its upper age limit from 25 years old to 20, but without deleting users aged 21 and above – despite adults as old as 60 being found to have signed up to the service, which is popular among British teenagers and has 300,000 users worldwide.