App stirs up controversy

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am


Social networking application, Line, has hit three million downloads. But the app has stirred up controversies over the past few days.

Line allows smartphone users to text and call one another without using any call credits. Unlike other apps, it has a feature called Shake. By shaking their phones, users can add strangers in the same area.

Some newspapers suggested that Line could leak users' privacy. And it permitted random people to become part of users' Line contact lists without their consent.

Naver Japan sent a message to all users on October 17. It stated that 'Shake requires both users' consent to be friends'. The company also assured users that the app will not collect users' personal information illegally.