Beware of AlloTalk (NSFW, Disturbing Content)

Recently, several YouTubers in the horror, gaming, and internet investigator community, such as Nexpo, MamaMax, SomeOrdinaryGamers and NightDocs had done videos about an app called Kids Chat. Ostensibly, the app is for kids and teenagers who want to chat with others their age, but in reality, this isn’t what’s happening.

In each of their respective YouTube videos, like the one below, they posed as children or teenagers when entering the chat room, and almost immediately, they were solicited by child predators. MamaMax, in particular, is known for his vigilante hunting of people like this, especially because he has successfully identified a number of them and turned in their information to law enforcement agencies.

YouTube originally took down the above video, prompting other YouTubers like the ones above to make their own videos in response. The problem with sites like Kids Chat is that they seem to be unmoderated or poorly moderated, and there’s no real system of age verification. So a user could claim to be 12 years old, and actually be 40, etc. Sites like this make it obvious that such things are clearly not just an issue on the dark web; they’re happening on many popular apps and social media sites.

To register for the site, you don’t have to provide any age verification or anything of the sort. As a matter of fact, you can even start chatting as a “guest,” without registering at all. All that’s required is a username, password, email address, gender, and age (which could easily be faked). In Nexpo’s video This Website Needs to be Shut Down, for instance, he uses an AI-generated picture from thispersondoesnotexist.com and poses as a teenage girl. It’s not long before he starts getting solicited by child predators. Other YouTubers have done the same and had similar results.

On Reddit, following these videos, a number of fans of these channels started investigating as well, and found that besides Kids Chat, there are quite a few similar apps that appear to be partners of, or under the ownership of, a company called Allotalk. Reddit post: You thought KidsChat was bad.

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In the post, u/markcockerberg points out that Allotalk has three main chat rooms: Stranger Chat, Teen Chat, and Singles Chat. In theory, Teen Chat is for teenagers and Singles Chat is for adults; it’s unclear what the target age group is for Stranger Chat. The user had the following experience:

I decided to look at Stranger Chat first. There wasn’t anything nessicarly [sic] wrong. Singles chat just looked like a dating chatroom (18+). What really was strange was that they all had similar format to KidsChat. Basically everything looked directly copied from KidsChat, even the message sounds. It was only the themes that was different, and they had a guest login, similar to KidsChat, just with a different pfp.

I decided to look at Teens Chat, and it ended up being very similar to what I saw on KidsChat. People asking for PMs, it was basically identical to what KidsChat was before all this drama went down. But, there was no word limit, and you cannot get banned from there. The pedophiles had changed sites.

If you read the full post, the user says that they definitively linked not only the first three sites, but also Teen Chat, Chat Avenue, and 321Chat, which, like the others, are very easy to sign up for and are not well moderated.

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While in theory, each of these apps has “rules” about older users not participating, there’s no way to know for sure if a user is an adult (as demonstrated by the above YouTubers and others). To make matters worse, after MamaMax uploaded his original video about Kids Chat, the site “responded” by essentially shirking responsibility for anything that happened on the site. Max and others who knew about this made reports to the FBI and the NCMEC, so at the very least, the site hasn’t gone unnoticed. I, too, made a report to the NCMEC, just in case.

Even sites as well known as YouTube have had problems with this. On videos that are aimed at children, you may notice that comments are turned off. This is because child predators were trying to lure children in the comments sections. (MamaMax has addressed this problem in other videos.)

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I know I’ve touched on this subject before, and you may wonder why I care. When I was a teenager and first got on the internet, I was also solicited by child predators – luckily, they didn’t harm me physically. That experience has stayed in my memory, and so it makes my blood boil to see it happening to other children.

Anyhow, if you see any activity like this, make sure to report it at NCMEC – Cybertipline or the FBI. You just may save someone’s life or bring a predator to justice!

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