"If I hadn't done it I wouldn't have started Monkey, and Monkey is one of the best things that happened." To avoid the issues with its predecessor, Monkey employees – who have an average age of 18 – built AI to detect inappropriate content, Turner says. Once reported, the AI scans the chat, according to Turner.
If it detects any explicit content, the user is banned automatically.
The activity is monitored and then if the inappropriate content is confirmed, the user is banned.
In the version of Monkey that will launch with i OS11, the machine learning will kick in before the user is even reported.
"I think people, adults especially, there's a real disconnect realizing Internet friends are just as important to teens as real world friends," Monkey co-founder Isaiah Turner said.
That may be one reason why the app has taken off among the younger set: In April, it was the top i OS app downloaded, according to analytics firm App Annie.
They finally met in person at Apple's app developer conference, WWDC, in 2015."I'm sorry that you experienced explicit content," Turner said."To clarify, however, the machine learning and human monitoring kicks in when a user is reported."Our biggest focus when we built it from day one we wanted to create a community without inappropriate content," Turner said."To do that, we had to create neural network machine learning capable of within seconds finding anything inappropriate." In addition, users are required to submit their age before they use the app, but there's no way to verify that you are how old you say you are either.