Among the 25 users CNBC chatted with, one was engaging in a sexually explicit act while another was showing off his genitals."I'm sorry that you experienced explicit content," Turner said.Chatroulette was created by 17 year old Russian high school student Andrey Ternovskiy in 2009 and quickly gained a cult following.The site is supported through advertising banners for an online dating service and has come under fire for doing little to discourage the pornographic nature of many encounters and for not imposing age restrictions.
It is for adults only and Omegle itself monitors the videos of users as well.Currently, it's the ninth most popular app among that age group.The average user is 23, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower, and it's pretty evenly split between female and male users -- 48 to 52 percent.(Monkey claims its actual usage is much higher, in the millions.) It's particularly popular among teens and young adults.According to App Annie, Monkey was the number-one app downloaded by 13-to-24 year-olds in April, and has remained in the top 10 ever since."To clarify, however, the machine learning and human monitoring kicks in when a user is reported.The activity is monitored and then if the inappropriate content is confirmed, the user is banned.If you make a connection, you could have a friend on social media, which can be as important as real life."I think people, adults especially, there's a real disconnect realizing Internet friends are just as important to teens as real world friends," Monkey co-founder Isaiah Turner said.For those who haven’t had the dubious pleasure of experiencing Chatroulette first-hand, the free site offers a no-frills video-chat interface connecting webcam-enabled users with one random stranger for an anonymous impromptu video conference.A chat session between two users lasts until one user decides to hit the ‘next’ button (a process that often takes mere seconds and is referred to as being ‘nexted’) and almost all the traffic on there is of a sexual nature (see the excellent ‘chat roulette’ video, containing some NSFW language, above, from Casey Neistat).