Children's charity says app is 'blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships' and claims it puts kids at risk
BY JASPER HAMILL AND NEAL BAKER
Yellow, which is available on Apple and Android smartphones, is growing in popularity among school-age teens who use it to chat and send pictures to friends and strangers.
Kids' charity fears paedos will use Yellow to target youngsters
Kids have allegedly used it to send nude images to each other, prompting outrage among parents.
It is similar to dating app Tinder in that it allows people to connect with others based on their location, with users ‘swiping’ to accept or decline talking to someone based on their profile picture.
Now the NSPCC wants the app to introduce mandatory age verification procedues.
A spokesman said: “Yellow’s settings that enable adults to view children, through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships, create an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people.
“We want age verification measures in the Digital Economy Bill that will stop under-18s accessing porn websites to be extended to cover social networking platforms. This would mean adults would not be able to pose as children or vice versa, and any operator that failed to comply could face fines or be blocked from operating in the UK.”
Yellow has been described as ‘Tinder for teens’
Yellow is linked to photo-sharing app Snapchat, which allows users to send temporary pictures that disappear after no longer than ten seconds.
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.
A schoolgirl in Limerick, Ireland – where the app is taking off – told the Irish Mirror: “People would send nudes and underwear pictures, boys and girls both – it’s mostly used to text and get pictures from each other”.
Sounds like the perfect app for a pedophile! Parents, don't let you kids have this app on their phone and teach them that only idiots connect to perfect strangers.