TV news broadcast on student's app reveals porn bookmark

A Chicago student is demonstrating an app that helps you expunge your juvenile record. The eagle-eyed spot an interesting item on the phone screen.

Just to the left of her finger. WGN/Mediaite screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The problem with Webworld is that we're all far too exposed.

We tell ourselves we're going to like, because more people are going to love us. But then we realize we can't control all the different parts of us that get seen.

Then we cry.

Please imagine, for example, the current feelings of a Chicago student who went on WGN-TV on Monday to demonstrate an app called Expunge.io.

This useful tool helps you to remove your juvenile record from the all the places where people might find it, if your state allows for the possibility.

Clearly this is a very helpful idea. Yet the student who was describing the app was heard over footage of a phone that may or may not have been her own.

And on that phone was something that hadn't been expunged: a bookmark to a certain video on PornHub.

WGN has now removed the footage, but it was already captured on Mediaite, as well as many other sites.

The initial eagle eyes, drawn perhaps inexorably to the word "porn" on the screen (any screen), was someone on Reddit with the handle "GIANTclouds."

It's unclear whose phone was being used, although Mediaite reports it belonged to a production staff member at WGN.

I hope the app is very successful and that the owner of the phone is very happy.

 

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