Its French-based developers say it is aimed at children aged 17 and over. In one case, a third-year student in a south Co Dublin school met up with a boy she met on Yellow for oral sex, according to one of the teenagers.However, new users are able to sign up for membership despite indicating they are under the age of 17. Users of the app are asked their gender, date of birth, location and whether they would prefer to meet males, females or both.Yellow uses location technology to find other users nearby, therefore anyone who wishes to sign-up must enable their location on their device.This brings up obvious risks for young people sharing their location online.Brace yourself because your dating life is about to get a hell of a lot more interesting.
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In addition, there is no tool to verify users’ ages, while users – who can sign up in a less than a minute – can specify a preference for meeting new people who are as young as 13. They are then invited to take a selfie, or use a photograph from their gallery. As with other dating apps, such as Tinder, users can select people they would like to get in touch with by swiping right.
Warning that Yellow poses serious dangers, the Government’s special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon said: “There is a clear risk here with a significant opportunity for perpetrators to target young people.” Promoted as an app “to make amazing new friends”, Yellow is described by a succession of Dublin teenagers – who have spoken to – as being “all about sex”. If another user “likes” them, then the duo are matched.
Users also have the option to connect their Instagram account to their Yellow profile.
Like Tinder users can swipe right if they see someone they want to connect with or left if they are not interested.