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Yellow asks for your phone number, then you're texted an access code to enter.
You’re asked for your Snapchat Username and then four add’l questions: I didn't actually want to make friends nearby...
I don't need an app that helps my teenagers do that. UPDATE: Several articles have been published suggesting that sexual predators have been using Yellow to find victims.
Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud.
Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims.
After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account.
so I tried clicking "Don’t Allow." Turns out that's not really an option—it's just a fake button.
The barely legible text at the bottom of the screen reads “You need to allow us to access to your location in order to use Yellow.” Period.
• Says it’s for people age 17 and over, but then puts absolutely no barriers in place to prevent kids way younger than 17 from using it. • Says it’s for “long-distance” flirting—but then only works if you agree to share your location with the app (and then your hometown is prominently featured under your name and age everywhere on the app).
Then I try to make sure that any potential downsides are either well-explained to my kids (and their friends! Basically, this is an app that is designed to help users “find new friends on Snapchat.” Here’s how the app’s founders describe it: Now, to be fair, Yellow’s App Store age rating is 17 .
) or moderated by making adjustments in the parental controls/privacy settings. Which means it’s clearly intended for older teens and young adults.
The app also connects you almost exclusively with people .
• Has no functionality aside from the "finding new friends" option, and therefore has no discernible upside for teens under 17. So if your teen downloads Yellow they will be able to flirt via Snapchat with other people who may or not be the age they say they are and who mostly live within a 60-mile radius of your house.