Cahla McGarry loves to play the game on Amino app so much and plays the dress-up game on the app. Amino app is dedicated to communities, chat, forums, and fan groups so people who share the same interests can connect.
One day the 10-year-old girl was busy in playing the game on Amino app and suddenly received a private message requesting a photo of her ‘bare chest’.
The message reads: “Welcome to this amino group. My name is Mandy and I work with amino.”
“So if you don’t know this is a safe space for young girls. We require users to be 14 and younger. If you fit these requirements you can be here.”
“We also have to make sure that all members here are girls. To verify this I will need from you a photo of your bare chest (with a bra on if you feel uncomfortable) and age.”
“This is just an extra security feature but all members must do this. Users that refuse to do this will be permanently banned.”
Cahla immediately showed the message to her mother Nicola McGarry who regularly warns her daughter of the dangers of speaking to strangers online.
The 41-year-old widowed mom-of-one said that she was scared and thought how easy it is for ‘predators to slip through the net.’
Nicola said: “I was scared. It felt as if they had intruded into our home. Although it’s probably someone thousands of miles away, it really felt like an intrusion into our privacy.”
An Amino spokesperson said: “Keeping Amino safe is our top priority. We have zero-tolerance for any type of inappropriate contact with minors.’’
“Our team works 24/7 across seven supported languages to remove content and users in violation of our policies.’’
“We automatically remove nude imagery in order to prevent inappropriate content from being sent or received here, and we deploy the most advanced technologies available to assist with the enforcement of these rules.’’
“While we are unable to provide any information about this particular case, we report all incidents of child sexual exploitation to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and we fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies if we receive requests for information.’’
“We are absolutely dedicated to maintaining the trust and safety of the Amino platform.”
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