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'Girls Around Me' shows a dark side of social networks

Cameron Scott | April 3, 2012
The makers of the mobile app Girls Around Me came under fire Monday for helping men to "stalk" unsuspecting women, but the incident also reveals how much we still have to learn about what social networks reveal about us.

The challenge, said Polonetsky, is to use technology to provide new and interesting experiences for those who want them, without leaving other users feeling violated.

Meanwhile, the makers of Girls Around Me saidthey were trying "find a solution" to FourSquare having yanked their API. The app had been downloaded 70,000 times, they said.

 

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