Urgent warning about Yubo app over concerns ‘Tinder for teenagers’ exposes children under 13 to sexual and racist messages

PARENTS have been warned about an app called “Tinder for Teens” over concerns that it exposes children under 13 to sexual and racist messages.

App named Yubo has more than 20 million users worldwide and allows teenagers to interact with each other.

Branded app "Tinder for Teens"

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The app has been branded “Tinder for Teens”Credit: Getty

Users swipe to accept or decline to talk to someone based on their profile picture or add friends during a live stream.

The app has a minimum age limit of 13 and anyone under 17 needs to confirm that they have permission from a parent or guardian.

It was created by three French engineering students and it has reached millions of users around the world.

But now an investigation of Sunday Times have found that young users are at risk of sexual harassment, racism and bullying.

A reporter posing as a 15-year-old girl is regularly asked by users to take nude photos and ask for sex.

Many conversations also involve self-harm, suicide, and drug use.

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Schools have issued an urgent alert to parents alerting them to the app’s content.

“Due to the nature of this app, your child may encounter content that is not appropriate for them,” the head teachers said in a news release.

It comes as social media bosses face paying hefty fines if they don’t cooperate with online safety regulations under the new Online Safety Bill.

The new regulations suggest that media companies remove illegal and inappropriate content, especially for younger users.

Yubo claims it monitors user profiles and messages for inappropriate content but racist names and conversations about drug use have gone unnoticed.

A spokesperson for Yubo told the outlet: “We are saddened to learn from the journalist’s experience and can only apologize for the way she and others have been affected during this time on our platform. I.

“We are taking The Sunday Times investigation extremely seriously and have requested an immediate review of the safety features and how they may have failed.

“Our users and their safety always come first.”

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Parents have been warned about the Yubo . social media app

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