ETX authorities warn of dangerous app spreading at local school
POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 8:21pm
Kilgore, Tx — East Texas authorities are warning of a new phone app that is gaining popularity with students at local schools.
The app called "Whisper" is described as a way to "express yourself, share secrets and meet new people." The app also claims to contain "age-restricted material" and states you must be at least 17 and over to download, but only requires a push of the 'OK' button to begin a data transfer.
Whisper is available for both the iPhone and Droid for free of charge. Content is posted anonymously, which officials say is the big problem. With anonymous posts come bullying, harassment and inappropriate content being posted, according to the Kilgore Police Department.
Kilgore school resource officers have been dealing with these type issues due to users of the Whisper app. Parents are asked to be aware of the Whisper app and the unhealthy environment it can create.
It is not known if the app is causing problems at other East Texas schools.