Yee - Group Video Chat

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Attempt to verify age, identity for stranger chat is flawed.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes, not intended for education. 

Ease of Play

Straightforward with brief, clear prompts and directions.

Violence

There's no violent content in the app itself and the community guidelines warn against it. However, content depends on user discretion and it is possible for users to encounter references to violence or violent conversation topics. 

Sex

There's no sexual content in the app itself and the community guidelines warn against it. However, content depends on user discretion and it is possible for users to encounter mature content.

Language

There's no profanity in the app itself. Content and language depend on user discretion. 

Consumerism

The community guidelines warn against using the platform for advertising or spam. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's no drinking, smoking, or drug use in the app itself and the community guidelines warn against it. However, content depends on user discretion and it is possible for users to encounter references or conversation topics that involve drinking, smoking, and drug use.  

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yee - Group Video Chat is a social networking app for teens 18 and up that allows users to meet people and potentially make new friends. Users have the option to connect and socialize with matches suggested by the app through instant video calls or text chats. They'll also have the option to swipe and view people's profiles, similar to popular dating apps. It has clear community guidelines that warn against abusive or discriminatory behavior and sharing inappropriate content such as nudity, weapons, or drug use. The app incorporates several measures aimed at ensuring a safe experience. Registration is age-restricted, so users must input a birthdate and are blocked it if doesn’t meet age requirements. There's a multi-step identity verification process that includes selfies, Facebook, Yoti (a proof-of-identity system), and text. A face scan is required prior to video chats, guaranteeing other content -- or another body part -- doesn't appear when the chat starts. Users are encouraged to keep the platform safe by reporting people who break the community guidelines and share inappropriate content. Human moderators review reports and blocked users, banning those who have compromised the community's safety. Additionally, the app has partnered with Crisis Text Line to provide users the means to speak with a professional in case of stress, anxiety, depression, or crisis. Despite the safety measures, the system isn't perfect, and underage users were visible during the time of review. Also, the app's premise brings up privacy and safety concerns. The app matches people with strangers, and there's always a possibility of encountering mature, suggestive content or engaging with people who may have intentions other than making new friends. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlexdedee April 17, 2021
Adult Written bynestorfierr2 March 12, 2021
Teen, 15 years old Written byalucas12347 May 24, 2020

single

ever one in my famliy
Teen, 15 years old Written byM382617a April 13, 2021

this is a good app

this is a good app and you can meet people

What's it about?

YEE - GROUP VIDEO CHAT creates a virtual social space for people to meet and chat. The app offers four distinct features that promote social connection: instant video call, group video calls, instant text chats, and profile browsing. After setting up a profile -- which lists name, age, and city -- users verify their identity through a multi-step process. They have the option to video or text chat with matches which are determined based on gender and sexual orientation. Users also have the option to enable their location and filter for "nearby" matches. People can participate in group chats with app matches, or they have the option to invite friends from their contacts using a unique link so they can group chat on the app. The app is free, and the community guidelines warn against using the platform for spam or advertisement.    

Is it any good?

The premise that being social contributes to happiness and wellbeing is at the core of this app, and despite some glitches, it definitely makes an effort to keep it adults-only. Though starting a video chat with a stranger is awkward for many, the app's safety measures, thorough guidelines, identity verification, and human moderators aim to ensure a positive and safe experience for the Yee - Group Video Chat community. Despite the layered safety features, there are some red flags. Although matches may be limited, people can still connect with others without fulfilling the entire identity verification process. Though the app clearly states it is intended for people eighteen and older, some users were clearly underage. Users have to self-report their age upon registration, but can easily enter a birth year that meets the requirements. There were kids whose profile age was well over eighteen, but whose profile picture was that of a minor. Another concern is that there are no age filters, and through random matches, an 18-year-old could be matched with someone well over their age.

Also, the gender and sexual orientation filters aren't always accurate. For example, even when the match preference was set to girls, boy matches were offered. The app incorporates a face scan prior to instant video calls as a way to encourage people to keep content appropriate, but once connected, the topic of conversation -- and what appears via video -- is up to user discretion. And in user reviews, many people report technical glitches as well. Ultimately, although Yee - Group Video Chat integrates several measures to create a safe platform for people to meet and socialize, the attempts to verify age and identity have loopholes, and meeting strangers online is always risky for kids and teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about privacy measures when using Yee - Group Video Chat. Since the app connects users with strangers, it's important to discuss the dangers of oversharing or disclosing personal information. Refer to the app's safety tips for additional recommendations on how to protect personal information, avoid scams, and ensure safety.

  • Use the app's community guidelines as a platform to talk about expectations for interacting with strangers or friends via digital platform. Outline what's considered acceptable online behavior and what steps should be taken if you experience an inappropriate exchange.

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