Social media is great, we all use it, and it’s become a great tool for spreading information. One day, I hope it will go down in history as the tool we used to expose the left once and for all.
However, there is a dark side to social media. People tend to give out too much information, and can for social engineering programs, leading to identity theft, and other problems. Recently, an app was created that became the likely favorite tool of every creepy stalker in all the land…
A shady iPhone app called Girls Around Me has just lost its best asset: The use of Foursquare’s location-based services, crucial to the app being effective when it comes to literally finding girls by those on the hunt.
Foursquare said Friday it yanked access to Girls Around Me developer SMS Services O.o.o. because the app violates Foursquare’s API (application program interface) policy. Specifically, Foursquare told Cult of Mac, which first wrote about the app Friday:
We have a policy against aggregating information across venues using our API, to prevent situations like this where someone would present an inappropriate overview of a series of locations.
“Inappropriate” is a diplomatic word for Girls Around Me, whose developers are based in Russia. As The Next Web wrote, it’s “an incredibly creepy app that allows anyone to locate nearby girls based on public Foursquare checkins and Facebook data.”
As you might guess, this has some huge personal security implications, and luckily, the plug was pulled on it’s ability to track others. But what will come next?