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Yubo deploys Yoti age estimation technology to keep its community safe


Yoti recently revealed that Yubo, a social media app for teens, has adopted Yoti’s age estimation technology Yoti Age Scan to help protect young people online. Using neural network learning, YAS accurately estimates a person’s age by comparing an individual’s face to many thousands of other age-verified faces and flags accounts where there is suspicion or doubts about a user’s age.

Yubo’s mission is to create a safe space for teenagers and young adults to socialize and share content in a safe, responsible way. It was founded in 2015, and has over 20 million users. Since adopting the technology in December 2018, Yubo has conducted over five million age checks using YAS. YAS can estimate age within 2 seconds and the service can handle over 1M checks per day.

YAS is private and anonymous. There’s no need for individuals to register in advance or provide any documents as evidence of their identity. YAS simply estimates their age, deleting the image immediately after. Owners of flagged accounts will be able to use the free Yoti app to verify their age and identity. Individuals will also be able to verify their name, so that Yubo can highlight verified users to others increasing trust across the community.

“We’ve selected Yoti’s age estimation technology, YAS, to give us a simple, private and secure way to make the app safe for our users; a vital step to help safeguard young people online,” said Yubo COO Marc-Antoine Durand. “We are excited to develop a partnership with Yoti and use their identity verification technology to further enhance the safety of our platform for our users.”

Yoti notes that Yubo is the first social media site to use YAS technology to help ensure individuals can only access age-appropriate content.

Yoti participated in a panel at the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, organized by the company’s partner LedgerState, on “Global Citizenship, Blockchain and Digital Government.”

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