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New App Scans Facebook Friends for Sex Offenders
DAYTON -- Protecting your kids is number one for parents, but with social media, it can be hard to keep track of who they're talking to, but now there's an app for that.
"Friend Verifier" is the latest technology that's being used to protect your kids from registered sex offenders.
"In a social media friendly world now, everyone's security is at risk, there's a lot of fraud out there," said Allison Cohen, Chief Marketing Officer for verifyanybody.com.
How does it work?
Head to the Facebook page "Friend Verifier" and click on Use Now.
Then, hit scan Facebook friends and watch as it goes to work.
"So this is going to show you if your friends are sexual predators," said Jackie Ouellett.
We had several people use the app on their friends.
"So those are all people whose names match somebody on the sex offender registry list," said the reporter. "Are you kidding?" said Christen Young.
"It's kind of weird like seeing your friends pop up on there," said Ouellett.
"It was kind of like, 'Wow, huh, who are my friends,' you know what I mean."
The app uses the National Sex Offender Registry list to compare names, locations and birthdays to people who are registered sex offenders.
Yellow means the name matches someone who's registered, orange means the name and location match, and red means the name, location and birthday match an offender on the list.
"That brings attention to someone that you might think you know them but maybe they're not who you think they are," said Young.
"It can be a definite prevention and protection tool to use for your children," said Shergill.
The best part is the app is free, and the creator promises it will stay that way.
The creator of the app is also looking into creating a version for Twitter and other social media sites.
If you would like to check out the app or use it to scan your friends, click here.
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