Geoff Cook, CEO of dating and livestreaming firm The Meet Group, parent to brands including Skout, Tagged and MeetMe and LOVOO, has published a blog post concerning user safety.
He opens by noting that a range of online apps have problems with scammers and user behaviour, including ride sharing networks, games and social media platforms.
The Meet Group’s services see 800 chats sent every second, plus millions of photos per day, making moderation a significant challenge. Cook explains that a combination of human and machine intelligence is used to screen content as it appears.
The entrepreneur then described a range of measures the company would take in 2020 to improve further in this area, including “proactive age estimation” and a new approach to “device blocking”.
The post reads: “Safety is a complex problem that requires ingenuity, effort, collaboration, and commitment.
“We still have a lot of work to do, and this roadmap for 2020 is just one more step in the right direction.
“I believe it makes clear, though, that The Meet Group prioritizes nothing more than the safety of our members and staying at the forefront of dating-industry safety practices.”
Sources close to ProSiebenSat.1 Media, the German firm which recently acquired eharmony, told the New York Times this week that it may be looking to acquire The Meet Group.
The move is expected to be pursued through NuCom Group, one of ProSieben’s subsidiaries.
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