"I'm sorry that you experienced explicit content," Turner said."To clarify, however, the machine learning and human monitoring kicks in when a user is reported.Monkey is taking this seriously and being proactive to solve it." Monkey has been downloaded almost three million times since it launched in November 2016, according to mobile app analytics company App Annie, and averaged 300,000 monthly active users during Q2 of 2017.(Monkey claims its actual usage is much higher, in the millions.) It's particularly popular among teens and young adults.(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.Soon after, Pasternak was calling Turner with the idea for Monkey, a way to create a community of teens where they could meet people or find others with shared interests. You didn't meet people you had a lot of in common with." Turner and Pasternak aren't just your average teens with an idea."Chatroulette wasn't a very inspiring place," said Turner. When he was 15, Pasternak received a round of venture capital from Binary Capital for a social app known as Flogg.
If you make a connection, you could have a friend on social media, which can be as important as real life.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."I started reverse-engineering how it worked," he said."Whenever they [parents] would put parental controls, I would turn off in a few hours." His most notorious hack to date was when he found a security flaw in Yo, the viral app that let you send a simple message -- "Yo" -- to your friends.