Skout Appoints Vice President of Trust, Safety and Community
Karen Barker Brings More Than Two Decades of Expertise in Safety,
Working With Walt Disney, Restoration Hardware and eHarmony
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Skout, one of the
largest mobile networks for meeting new people, today named community
safety expert Karen Barker vice president of trust, safety and
"As Skout's community safety leader, Karen will ensure that trust and
safety is built into everything we do," said CEO and founder
Barker will direct a global team of 40 community managers, lead
privacy and safety policy initiatives, collaborate with product,
engineering and design teams, and oversee the enforcement of trust
and safety policies.
"Our community is highly engaged and active because we create fun,
positive experiences and have zero tolerance for bad behavior," said
Wiklund. "Karen will help us strengthen this commitment and guide us
as we continue to implement some of the most advanced safety policies
and technologies in the industry."
Offering two separate and distinct communities for teens and adults,
Skout is committed to cultivating peace of mind as community members
easily and safely make new friends and enjoy features like chatting,
virtual gift-giving and photo sharing.
Barker is a customer safety expert who has designed and managed
community care, fraud and risk programs for companies including
Sprint, The Walt Disney Company, Restoration Hardware, and eHarmony.
Starting in 1990 as vice president of operations for SuperShuttle
International, Barker worked with transportation associations and
public utilities commissions to develop programs for the safety of
passengers and drivers. She was instrumental in testing onboard
safety technology including the first GPS-based vehicle tracking and
Prior to joining Skout, Barker was vice president of customer care
and risk management for eHarmony, where she developed risk,
compliance and fraud prevention strategies, policies and procedural
enhancements for domestic and international lines of business.
In her new role, Barker will be instrumental in actualizing Skout's
mission of connecting people around the world through a platform that
is fun, engaging and secure.
"The opportunity to work with a community as dynamic and thriving as
Skout's is tremendous. I look forward to building on the strong
systems, tools and processes that reflect Skout's top commitment,
which is the safety of its community," said Barker. "The Skout team
has set the safety bar high and we will continue to work diligently
to implement the best tools, systems and educational methods."
Skout deploys advanced, proprietary technology that continuously
monitors activity on the network to identify users whose behavior
appears unusual, inappropriate or suspicious. Under its
zero-tolerance policy, Skout immediately bans users for inappropriate
or suspicious behavior.
Skout is one of the world's largest and most active mobile social
scenes, with users in more than 180 countries. Skout's community
displays a significant degree of engagement, and 1.5 million users
join every month. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Skout is the global network for meeting new people.
With your mobile device as your guide, you can discover new friends
at the bar or in Barcelona; then YOU decide if, when and how you want
to connect. The Skout community thrives because we focus on fun and
have zero tolerance for bad behavior. Life is short, you are busy and
people are having fun without you right now. So start Skouting and
find your party, anytime, anywhere. www.skout.com
Phone: (415) 963-4174 ext. 1
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