Description: Yubo (formerly Yellow – new corporate website: www.yubo.live) is designed to do one thing – allow teens to connect and flirt with each other in a “Tinder” atmosphere (swipe right or left). Think of it as Snapchat and Tinder rolled into one, which is what makes it easy for teens to use, since they’re already so comfortable with Snapchat and all of its fun filters.
Category: lifestyle (dating)
APP Store rating: 12+ infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco, or drug use or references, profanity or crude humor, infrequent/intensive mature/suggestive themes, sexual content, and nudity, profanity, crude humor.
It’s a flirting app for teens: that’s it. Called “Tinder for Teens.” It’s Parisian creators even go as far as to limit the age you can self-select in the app to the range 13-17, which proves their purpose. When I tap “Discover” at the bottom, I can swipe left to dismiss a picture, tap on the picture numerous times to see what other photos or videos were uploaded by the user, or swipe right to let the user know I “heart” their profile and if the reciprocate, then a friend is made who I can connect with through the app.
The rating is low: based on the Tinder-like culture of the app, no 12-16 year old should be using it.
Predator risk is high: wherever the kids are, that’s where the predators are, and they (predators) especially congregate around apps whose purpose is hooking up because they can play along with fake accounts. Various news sources are warning about the predator risk. Also, note that the default privacy settings are to show your city and phone number to friends. To the app’s credit, when I created a profile without a real picture (it was a Ferrari), I was blocked within a week, since that violates Community Guidelines. So, it seems someone might be watching, but faking a profile picture isn’t difficult.
It encourages Snapchat: Yellow is linked to photo-sharing app Snapchat. As soon as two users swipe to accept each other, they are automatically added as “friends” on Snapchat, meaning they can begin sending each other photos right away — even if they don’t know each other.
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Parents, please keep your kids away from this app. There’s no reason for it.
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