Chatroulette's Big Problem: Genitalia

New software could scan the site for penisrs
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2010 1:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – You only get to make one first impression, and Chatroulette has made a pretty dirty one. The site gets up to 1 million visitors a day, but Michael Arrington notes that it may die a slow death unless it gets rid of its "parade of penises"—and unless its fiercely independent founder makes a smart move. Soon. The service is considering adding software that will scan a video to see if male genitalia is present, which could "put people who actually want to talk to each other in touch much more often."

Andrey Ternovskiy's "caution may doom the site. He has rebuffed most offers for help, say our sources, and investors and advisers are starting to give up," writes Arrington for TechCrunch. There's a glimmer of hope: Ternovskiy has brought Napster founder Shawn Fanning on board in an uncompensated advisory role. "Chatroulette needs to decide what it wants to be when it grows up, and it needs to decide soon," Arrington writes. "Otherwise it will be nothing more than the punchline of a joke, and even that will grow old quickly."

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