"Teenagers are using the space for its intent: connection to internet friends." He also noted other apps dealt with the same issues, but were able to prevent inappropriate content as they matured.
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.
By 12, he was hacking his friends' TV cable boxes to remove any parental blocks.
"I started reverse-engineering how it worked," he said.
If it detects any explicit content, the user is banned automatically.
"Our biggest focus when we built it from day one we wanted to create a community without inappropriate content," Turner said.