CombatHate: New app aids teens in reporting hate crimes

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There’s a new app that aims to help young people in Chicago deal with cyber-bullying.

Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global human rights organization, announced the launch of the app CombatHate on Tuesday.

The app teaches people to recognize and report hate crimes and online bigotry by using their cellphones. You can take a photo of the incident, or if there’s no image, you can send the description of the incident.

The Wiesenthal Center will then use the information to study patterns of hate crimes, and share the information with online companies. The app submissions are also shared with law enforcement and teachers, depending on the incident.

Additionally, the app provide resources for kids who are victimized by online bullying as well as games and websites to avoid that espouse hate.

The announcement of this app comes a week after Chicago area parents were warned about the Yik Yak app, which allows people to post anonymously to others nearby.

The app is free for iOs and Android.

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