Internet Hoax Over Talking Angela App

By Casey Balch (C.balch@mstarsnews.com) | Feb 19, 2014 09:08 AM EST
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The trailer for the App has over 29 Million views. The download count has skyrocketed after a hoax spread over the Internet stating that the App was dangerous and tracked users' locations.

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According to Snopes.com, the developer said in a statement, "We wish to emphasise that no personal data whatsoever is being collected from the users of our app Talking Angela, which is available as an iOS, Android and Facebook app. The description clearly informs the user that one of the core functionalities of the app is chat, which requires two-way communication, where Angela (a chat bot, not a real person) answers with text and voice in English and talks to the user about a variety of subjects. The data collected by the app from the user is not shared with anyone and is actually sent to Out Fit7 only in the form of an anonymized data log (no names, no numbers, no personal data)."

Talking Angela can be played in a child mode or, assumably, adult mode. The App works with google voice and the user can use a device so that Angela can respond to facial gestures.

The user can chat with Angela only in English or type text to communicate with Angela. By saying, "Sing to me," the character sings a song for the user. By saying, "Quiz me," Angela will give the user a quiz. Users can earn gold coins to buy Angela gifts by watching commercials.

The Twittersphere went wild after the hoax went viral and many warned about the dangers of Talking Ashley while others poked fun.



 



 



 


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