For the last week, the internet – and Facebook in particular – has been positively moist with the foamy, spittle flecks of an outraged, pitchfork wielding mob.
This outpouring of outrage has been so verbose and so sudden that the internet has all but run out of upper case letters.
This cat, they scream, is hiding the darkest of secrets.
The limited and mildly flirtatious questions Angela asks through her chat function are not, it’s claimed, the result of furby-like artificial intelligence programmed by the app’s well established developers Out Fit7, but the probing of real-life paedophiles.
Two clicks in the same place – the Ü (or smiley face) button and then the toggle that appears next to it – and the training wheels are off.
Either way it makes a mockery of the idea that it’s a safeguard – I think that if Child mode is important to you, you shouldn’t assume that your child has Talking Angela in that mode unless you’re using it with them.
All of which leads to an app with a mode that’s not harmful to, but isn’t for, children, that’s stupidly easy for children to exit and that doesn’t alert you when it’s not on.
So we’ve established that some children who are supposed to be in Child mode probably won’t be and that some parents will not like what they hear Talking Angela saying when that happens.
Consider the following sentence said by one person to another: “You have been a naughty girl and you must be punished!