Here is everything you need to know…
What is Monkey?
What are the Key Functions?
Key Safeguarding Concerns
Whilst testing this platform, reviewers found that every second or third user was a male masturbating, with some attempting to interact. Reviewers found countless examples of adverts for sex, as well as pornography and bestiality. Extremely harmful content can flash up for a few seconds before the user clicks next, meaning there is no time to report in most cases.
The unpredictability of this content is likely to increase the shock factor and harmful impact because users have no warning as to what may appear.
Buying ‘Monkey Plus’ gives the user additional bonuses such as the ability to filter gender and add a VIP badge to their profile. This is currently $2.99 a month.
There are ample opportunities to spend money via VIP profiles or through buying more in-app currency called coins.
Safety and Privacy Settings
If a user sees something harmful or inappropriate, they can use the reporting tools. Users are then told that ‘you have reported successfully’. This feature offers zero opportunity to describe the reason for reporting. The user who has been reported could also be operating from a desktop and not signed in, so there is little to no accountability for those who break the platforms community guidelines.
Users can also report a profile. Users are asked what was inappropriate and given four options: Underage, Inappropriate Content, Spam and No Reason. Users are then thanked for their reporting.
Users can block profiles. This will remove any of the history you and that account may have had.
Users can turn off features such as ‘Knock Knock’ as well as hide their ‘Online Status’.