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Anonymous messaging app NGL to be banned for children as part of settlement with US FTC over cyber harm, privacy violations

By Xu Yuan and Madeline Hughes
  • 09 Jul 2024 23:29
  • 09 Jul 2024 23:29
NGL Labs, the owner of anonymous messaging app NGL, has agreed to pay $5 million and stop offering its service to youths under age 18 as part of a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over allegedly deceptive business practices, harm to children and privacy abuse.
The US Federal

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Xu Yuan

Senior Correspondent

Xu Yuan has worked for MLex for seven years, all of them based in Hong Kong. She has reported on a wide range of regulatory topics, including antitrust, cybersecurity and data security, in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She has broken numerous stories on policymaking and enforcement involving international companies doing business in the region and done substantial court reporting in Hong Kong. She is currently specializing in covering regulatory issues related to future mobility, including connected vehicles. She previously worked for US TV network NBC in Beijing. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Peking University and a master’s degree from the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong.

Madeline Hughes


Madeline is a data privacy and security reporter based in Washington, DC. She got her start in journalism in local news, covering anything and everything in Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts before coming to DC to report on tech.

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