You've heard the complaints about anonymous apps like Yik Yak, After School, Secret, positive things people do with these apps, there are also cases of trolling and bullying; false rumors; and general meanness (click here for anonymous-app safety and civility tips).and . While there are plenty of
Outpour's founder, Calvin Liu, said his app is designed "to use anonymity for good." He said there are "lots of times where people just aren't good at telling other people how much they mean to us." He wants to make a place "where you are encouraged to write appreciative things about other people."
Pascal Lorne, CEO of Let, acknowledges that there are times when users -- which are mostly teenage girls -- act inappropriately. But "instead of banning and pointing at bad behaviors," Lorne said, "we have always been trying to elevate these kids." He said that after spending two or three hours a day with kids, "I realize it's pretty common to turn a pretty bad behavior into a very good behavior." Lorne said the company has a group of "angels" that patrol the service to help keep things on a civil level.
To learn more, I spoke with Calvin Liu of Outpour and Pascal Lorne of Let.
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