Sex Abuse Fears Over ‘Tinder for Teens’ App Amid Warning That Users Could Also Be Open to Bullying and Racism
by Ben Cost
A popular teen dating app named Yubo has come under fire after an investigation found it to be a cesspool of sexual harassment, racism and other sordid activities.
The app, which is available in both the US and the UK, has been dubbed “Tinder for Teens.” It invites teens as young as 13 to match with potential dates and even interact with about 100 other teenagers.
Schools have warned against a new social media app dubbed ‘Tinder for teens’ after claims it exposes children to sexual harassment, racism and bullying.
Yubo, which has 3.6million users in the UK, allows children aged between 13 and 17 to match with potential dates and encourages them to join group video calls.
But head teachers have warned parents that children could stumble across inappropriate content and that the app could be exploited by adults.
An undercover reporter for the Sunday Times posing as a 15-year-old girl was frequently asked to send nude pictures and was propositioned for sex.
They also witnessed boys telling girls they would ‘strip you naked and rape you’ and ‘choke you’.
Self-harm and suicide was discussed regularly, and a black girl was reportedly asked if she could be called a ‘dirty little slave’.
Despite Yubo’s screening tools, it is possible to sign up by uploading a photo of someone else from the internet.
…Chris Philp, minister for the digital economy, said: ‘What I have heard about this site is sickening. Apps … marketed at children should be safe for them to use.’
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