Some might be familiar with the Live.Me app, which is a communication and entertainment application available for download on both Android and iPhone operating systems.
The program allows users from all around the world to create an account, watch live users or broadcast themselves in real time. The program is both video, audio and text communication. Not only can you view live broadcasts, but also follow users, send gifts and convert “diamonds” (what gifts are turned into) into cash.
When a user signs up, they are asked for their email address, gender and date of birth. Most would believe that if a date of birth is required, the program would restrict and separate different age groups from one another. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
When CCRA signed up for an account and performed an inspection of the program, we were not only shocked at the high number of underage users, but also with the observation of adults in those underage broadcasts. Sure, speaking with someone underage isn’t a crime, but it’s what we saw that sent chills down our spine.
On several underage broadcasts as young as 11 years old, our investigators observed primarily adult males not only communicating with those users, but also asking for inappropriate actions, such as asking these minors to “lift up their shirts”, “spread their legs” and asking to engage in online relationships on other third party applications.
Shockingly enough, CCRA performed searches on Live.Me, finding this written material from parents and concerned internet users on commonsensemedia.org:
this app sickens me!!
Parents beware!!! I download this app and have came across multiple videos of questionable aged people takeing off their clothes. The owners of this app seriously need to do something about their security!!!
My 10 year old daughter’s number one follower is a grown adult male stranger.
I installed on my device, like a dummy to see what was up and was shocked to see a 14yr old half dressed, moving around in a sexy manner.
At this time, until Live.Me can properly put an acceptable security measure in place, CCRA highly disapproves of the application and warns all parents to check their children’s devices, to ensure the program is not installed. The program is at risk of criminal prosecution for harboring illicit content, at risk for a civil liability lawsuit and at this time, appears to not have any insurance to protect them for this risk and situation.