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Talking Angela app at center of hoax

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WASHINGTON - If you have been anywhere online or social media lately its likely you have heard about the app Talking Angela and the claims that this app can access personal information as well as possibly watch you even when you are not using the app itself.  There have even been rumors that the app is run by a pedophile ring.

Out Fit 7 Ltd the developer of Talking Angela has debunked all of those claims today with a statement Fox 5 News obtained from them:

“Out Fit 7 Ltd. is a well established entertainment firm and developer and publisher of the Talking Tom and Friends apps, of which Talking Angela is one.

Talking Angela has been designed to be enjoyed by children and adults, who can interact with the app in different ways according to the whether they play the app in child mode or not.  

Upon initial download, users are given the option to play the Talking Angela app in child mode, a function specifically designed to safeguard young players. Within child mode, the chat bot feature is disabled so Angela can respond only to touch and repeat what she hears over the microphone. Child mode can be selected at any point within the app’s settings.

The app also uses gesture recognition technology through the use of a front camera.  This enables Talking Angela to recognize face gestures, which enhances users’ interaction with the app (e.g. the app is able to see when the user is smiling).  No images are taken, stored or transmitted anywhere.

If child mode is not selected, Talking Angela’s highly advanced chat bot function is activated.  This is a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent human brain, with the purpose of entertaining adults.  We have invested heavily in this cutting edge technology, constantly refining the artificial adult brain to make Angela more intelligent and competent at holding real-life conversations.  In line with the interactive progression of all our characters, we have an international team who are fully dedicated to Talking Angela’s responses, both through touch and conversation.

We’ve worked hard to make Angela as intelligent as a human but, the fact remains, she is still a computer program so can be confused by strange questions, incorrect spelling and deliberately provocative words.  As such, some of her answers can be strange. All computer programs of this nature have their limitations – which is why the chat bot function is disabled when in child mode.

The chat bot asks users different questions, including name, age and personal preferences, so Angela is able to discuss relevant topics of conversation. This is not used for anything else other than making the app more engaging.  Data from the app is anonymized before it’s sent to us, which means all personal information a user might have entered into the app is removed. We use this date to assess which topics are more interesting to users.  We take the personal privacy of our users very seriously to ensure we can offer a safe environment for game-play. We do not send this data to any third parties or external companies, which means any information you choose to disclose is safe.  

As a company with a deep understanding of family audiences, we carefully evaluate feedback from all target demographics to know what both children and adults look for in interactive entertainment so we can cater to these audiences accordingly.

We are proud to be at the forefront of interactive mobile entertainment while continuing to capture the hearts and minds of our 230 million monthly active users across the world.  With Talking Angela sitting firmly as the top entertainment app in the UK at the time of this article, and having reached #1 entertainment app in over 100 countries, we’re delighted that Angela’s fan base continues to grow. We’re also humbled that Talking Angela’s loyal fans have been championing the app on social media forums to help correct the recent misguided rumors.

More information can be obtained from our website, which can also be verified against third party sites dedicated to checking scams and hoaxes, such as Sophos and Snopes.”

In short, while the app does communicate with the operator the app does not give any personal information to any third party company.

Talking Angela was the subject of a similar hoax back in 2013.

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