Live streaming platform Yubo collaborates with law enforcement on Texas shooting

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Live streaming platform and social network Yubo are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation of the shooter behind the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas. The shooter used the app to meet a girl in Germany whom he then texted shortly before the shooting.

“We are deeply saddened by this indescribable loss and are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation,” a Yubo spokesperson told Motherboard in an emailed statement. “At this point, we are not legally able to release specific user information outside of direct requests from law enforcement, but we can confirm that we are investigating an account that has since been banned from the platform. -form.”

Yubo’s slogan is “Make friends. Be real. Go live. The app, which was founded in 2015, is a fusion of live video chats, texting, and discovering new contacts based on their interests or location. Yubo users can also play games with each other.

“I love the app because I can meet people from all over the world. It has introduced me to many new friends who I can happily say are people I can trust,” reads one review of Yubo on its Apple App Store page.

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Wednesday CNN reported that the shooter contacted a girl in Germany shortly before the shooting. The couple met on Yubo, CNN said. The child spoke to CNN with his mother’s consent, and the child said talking to the shooter on social media was his only connection to him.

These communications shortly before the shooting between the shooter and the girl appear to have taken place by text message; According to the ABCin other cases, several Yubo users attempted to report the shooter to the platform for suspicious messages and statements made through the app, but “no matter how many times it was reported…he would come back.” anyway,” said one user.

Yubo told Motherboard that it uses artificial intelligence to moderate live streams in real time. Once these systems flag content, or when a user flags it manually, a team of moderators then steps in. The app also takes screenshots every second as part of this process.

Like many other technology companies, Yubo has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), giving Yubo the ability to report suspected online child exploitation to the organization in real time. Yubo told Motherboard that its “SAFE mode” filters out inappropriate messages such as sexual requests.

Earlier this week, Yubo announced that it is adopting an age verification system that prompts the app to turn on the phone’s camera, after which the user is prompted to look at their phone. A “vividness algorithm” then aims to detect movement to verify that the user is not simply displaying a photo taken from elsewhere, TechCrunch reported. The system would then detect if their face matches the age they entered when signing up for the app.

Live stream moderation has traditionally been a problem for social media. The Christchurch, New Zealand mass shooter broadcast his attack on Facebook Live. According to internal Facebook documents previously obtained by MotherboardFacebook moderators had the ability to “snooze” a live stream, meaning it resurfaces every five minutes so they can reevaluate whether to act on the stream.

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