Yubo rolls out innovative age verification for 100% of users
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(Pocket-lint) – Yubo has been making waves in the social platform market ever since the app started attracting a lot of Gen-Z users.
Ensuring young users can connect safely and authentically with their peers has always been a challenge for social platforms, but Yubo is committed to meeting it.
Regardless of the medium, there are always potential scammers and even ill-intentioned people who do whatever they can to infiltrate a platform and take advantage of its audience. This is why tools like age verification have become so essential in the online world.
Yubo has always taken the issue of user safety very seriously, but this new approach to age verification sets a new industry precedent when it comes to protecting online user communities.
Read on to learn all about Yubo’s new age verification method that’s revolutionizing online safety.
How Yubo Age Verification Works
Yubo has partnered with digital identity provider Yoti to implement this new age verification system, designed specifically to be very simple and accessible. The goal is to make the age verification process as transparent as possible for users.
The method requires users to take a real-time selfie in the Yubo app. This is not an ordinary photo, but a short video which is then analyzed by Yoti’s liveliness algorithm to confirm that the photo was taken in real time and is not a fake image taken from Google or the Internet. Then, Yotis’ age estimation technology analyzes the photo and estimates the user’s age. Then, the estimate is compared to the age that the user indicated on their profile when they registered. If the two match, the user’s age is successfully verified.
On the other hand, if the information does not match, the user will have to go through an additional process to verify their age.
This may all sound like science fiction, but Yubo has made it real.
Here’s what happens under the hood while the verification system is working.
First of all, it should be clarified why Yubo takes a video rather than a photo. The reason is actually very simple: the video proves that the user is sending an authentic recording rather than an image from an online source. The request for a real-time recording is made for the same reason – to confirm the authenticity of the image.
The technology that can estimate the user’s age based on facial features is the fascinating part of the process. This technology is powered by Yoti, a leading online privacy and security service that uses and develops advanced tools.
If you wonder how reliable such an algorithm is, the answer is: quite reliable. Age estimation technology is 98.9% accurate.
The Ultimate Purpose of Age Verification by Yubo
Last May, Yubo launched the beta phase of this new age verification tool in a limited capacity. At first, the tool was only available to users aged 13 and 14, but the goal was to verify the age of all users on its platform.
The ultimate goal is, of course, the online safety of Yubo members. But the platform does not want to make this solution a makeshift solution. Following the first successful trial, the rollout of this new technology was accelerated and today 100% of IOS users are verified, three months ahead of schedule. The new age verification technology will be fully rolled out to Android users, who make up around 10% of Yubo users, in the coming weeks.
Along with these advanced layers of security for users, Yubo has ensured that the process still leaves room for protecting the data and privacy of its users.
As the process relies entirely on the algorithm that analyzes the image, there is no need to provide personal documents, personal IDs or any other private information (unless user verification fails). Users can verify their age and continue using the app without jeopardizing their data. Yoti’s technology is also privacy-friendly, as the system has no way of retroactively linking a name or identity to a provided image.
Use the power of technology to create a safe environment
Empowering younger generations has been Yubo’s mission from the beginning. The new age verification system that the platform has introduced further reinforces this mission. Thanks to the innovative technological solution that underpins its development, Yubo will continue to grow as a social platform. And unlike many other platforms, Yubo is willing to scare off some of its user base if it means making the app as safe as possible for its 60 million users worldwide.
If you want to see the platform and its features in action, head over to yubo.live and join the Gen Z revolution.