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Yolo anonymous app raises concerns of bullying on the hot new platform
YOLO is the hottest app out of the app store, but more people are realizing the negative aspects of the anonymous question and answer app. Harrison Hill, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES – As schools head into summer break, a new app allows users to ask one another questions anonymously is captivating millions of teenagers.
Yolo is an anonymous question-and-answer That app connects two Snapchat as a way for the Friends to send comments and questions to eachother. The person using Yolo can reply to the comment or answer the question on the Snapchat story along with a picture.
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Concerns about bullying on this platform have been raised to the anonymous feature.
Gina Denham has a daughter who turns 12 next month and will not allow her to download Yolo due to the "negativity" she has seen on her 18-year-old niece's Snapchat revolving around Yolo.
"They were all horrible – there were extreme names calling. Several were referencing other kids who aren't on Snapchat, "said Denham. "The new Yolo app has topped the iOS app for three weeks. ” width=”180″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
The new Yolo app has topped the iOS app store for three weeks. (Photo: Screenshot via Madeline Purdue)
Henroin is aware of the history of anonymous apps and wants to make sure his platform doesn't follow suit.
"Most anonymity apps failed because They were popular with bad content like (bullying) and the retention was low, "Henroin said. "So our approach is, 'How do we create a healthy community where content is always good and people can use it for a long time?'"
He really wanted this app to pair with Snapchat because it was "the obvious track "to attract teenage users. He said the app" hit a nerve "as something users wanted.
Anonymous communication apps tend to be popular among teenagers and lead to bullying because they are starting to develop their own social status and learn social norms. , Yalda Uhls, author of Media Moms and Digital Dads and founder of the Center for Scholars and Storytellers.
"Your social cognitive system turns on as you hit puberty. You're starting to think, 'Oh my god, what do my friends think of me?' And these anonymous question apps really feed into that, "said Uhls." They're figuring out the social world.
] A warning on the Yolo app warns users against harassing others on the app. (Photo: Screenshot via Madeline Purdue)
Yolo's profile on the iOS app says the anonymous comments are meant to gain "positive feedback ”from followers and users they will lose their anonymous status and will be identified if they send harassing messages. It is unclear how the app is delivering on this promise.
Users have reported issues with the app's response to harassment and Inappropriate comments. While other social media platforms have had issues controlling abusive content and fake accounts, Yolo promises during the sign-up process that the app will not allow inappropriate behavior, users are having a difficult time identifying their harassers.
One review of Yolo on the iOS app store said they had reached out to the app's customer service department to identify and harasser so they could block them but never got a response.
"(T) his was almost two weeks ago and the identity of the person has not been revealed as the app "claims" it does, "said the review.
A similar review said that instead of revealing the name of the person when they reported the comment, it just disappeared from their app.
"We know we have some complaints, but we are working to eliminate all the bad content," Henroin said.
Other users are raising alarms about how the app filters messages. the presence of what it has been used with inappropriate words instead of how it is used in context to the message.In this case, the message is not delivered to the recipient and the sender does not know it has been filtered, raising questions in the reviews about how to better censor harmful messages.
said that filtering messages are a way to ensure only positive content is on Yolo.
"We invested in security. This is our No. 1 concern, two Keep the app as clean as possible. We need to invest even more in that. "
What parents should watch for
Even with security measures, Uhls says parents should think twice before allowing their children to use these anonymous-type apps, but if they do, openly monitor and guide them through what is appropriate in an open and inquisitive way to get through to them
"If a child is on (one of these apps), it is all the more important for their parents to be aware and to help them navigate it, "said Uhls." It's really important to talk to them about it, to say, "Have you heard about this app? Are you Using It? Have you spurte it a question? What kind of answers did you get? '"
Denham makes sure he has conversations with her as she navigates new technology while keeping a watchful eye on what she is doing on the social media she is allowed to have. "They will have access to all those things eventually, so why not use this time as 'training', so to speak – teach them how to navigate the internet world and deal with scenarios," Denham said. "Just saying 'no' now
Follow Madeline Purdue on Twitter @madelinepurdue.
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