Long Beach Press-Telegram: Rep. Linda Sanchez sends Ogle app CEO letter asking how company combatting cyber bullying
Rep. Linda Sanchez penned a letter to the maker of the social media app Ogle, demanding an explanation as to how it will combat cyber bullying after a student from Cerritos High School posted a threat that turned out to be a hoax.
Sanchez, D-Norwalk, a member of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, sent a letter to Daniel Jiang, the founder and CEO of Ogle and its parent company, Nuistars, last week after she received phone calls from concerned parents and district officials about the Cerritos incident as well as various media reports.
“I am increasingly concerned by the amount of bullying and harassment on the app, and the lack of accountability for those posting,” Sanchez wrote in her April 27 letter. “While school teachers and administrators have the ability and flexibility to address this kind of conduct on school grounds, they are not able to intervene in comments transmitted over the internet (cyber bullying).
“The anonymous posting of these comments makes it impossible to hold individuals accountable for derogatory, inappropriate and mean-spirited remarks that have major implications for the children they are targeting,” she said.
In an email to the Press-Telegram last week, a company spokesperson said Ogle takes the safety of its users seriously and does not condone any type of behavior that is illegal or in violation of its content policies.
The company also said it has instituted a content-moderation team to increase review and identify and remove inappropriate content, and take action against “those who violate our community guidelines.”
Sanchez asked Jiang to answer three questions on Ogle’s operations regarding threats and bullying:
• What mechanisms is Ogle using to report and review inappropriate content?
• How does Ogle cooperate with law enforcement?
• What recourse do individuals, many of whom are minors, have when lewd photos of them are posted without their consent?
More than one in four children in the United States will be bullied either at school or online, Sanchez wrote in her letter. She add that bullying has serious consequences for youth, contributing to high dropout rates, increased absenteeism, significant underachievement and suicide.