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Anonymous 'ask me anything' chat app NGL ordered to knock it off targeting kids


The US Federal Trade Commission has thrown the book at NGL Labs and its founders for allegedly breaking a depressing amount of child internet safety law.

NGL Labs, founded by Raj Vir and Joao Figueiredo, in December 2021 launched a chat app also called NGL that encouraged its users to say to others: "Ask me anything." As anyone on the internet for a while knows, inviting strangers to ask others anonymous questions rarely ends well. Each NGL user was given a personal link they could share – ostensibly with friends or on social media - through which they could exchange anonymous messages with others.

The FTC subsequently claimed NGL did so many things wrong. In a statement, the watchdog's boss Lina Khan alleged the app maker "unlawfully exploit[ed] kids for profit," and accused NGL of breaking the law by advertising its anonymous Q&A app to under-18s, faking messages from seemingly ...


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