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Apple pulls ‘Wizz,’ a Tinder-like app for teens, over sextortion concerns

Thursday February 1, 2024. 12:17 AM , from Mac Daily News
Apple pulled “Wizz,” a Tinder-like social media app growing in popularity among U.S. teens, this week over sextortion concerns.
Ben Goggin and Lora Kolodny for NBC NEWS:


Apple removed the app Tuesday after the National Center on Sexual Exploitation contacted the company with concerns about the alleged use of Wizz in sextortion scams, according to a series of emails reviewed by NBC News.
In an email from an Apple representative in response to the center, a representative wrote, “We take App Store violations seriously and appreciate your outreach. The app has been removed from the Store and we are in touch with the developer.”
In a public post Wednesday on X, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation thanked the stores for removing Wizz.
A Google spokesperson said that the Wizz app was suspended from Google Play, the online store for Android apps, on Tuesday. The spokesperson cited the company’s child endangerment policy that requires apps to “prohibit users from creating, uploading or distributing content that facilitates the exploitation or abuse of children.”
A Wizz spokesperson said in an emailed statement that “Apple and Google are seeking more information on our app, and we are working closely with their teams to clarify our platform’s extensive safeguards for users. We hope to resolve this matter soon.”

We are glad to THANK @AppStore and @GooglePlay for booting the Wizz app from their app stores after our outreach to them – this app connected children with strangers, leading to grooming and abuse. This step of social responsibility is vital for online safety!
— National Center on Sexual Exploitation (@NCOSE) January 31, 2024


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