Last Updated on November 5, 2023, 2:29 pm
The French social networking app Yubo, released by TWELVE software in 2015, is well-known for helping people make friends and feel part of a community.
Sadly, a user of Yubo took their own life in a live video on Saturday night. This tragic incident was broadcast live and resulted in the person’s death. Many people tried to watch the video afterward, which caused the app’s servers to crash. The video, which has been removed, showed a man crying and talking about being tormented.
Yubo emphasizes security and has 60 million users as of 2022. However, recent reports of suicides on the platform have raised concerns about its impact on users’ mental health. In 2023, there were disturbing reports of another suicide by a Yubo user, sparking discussions about the connection between mental health and social media.
Yubo was founded by Sacha Lazimi, Jérémie Aouate, and Arthur Patora while they were studying at Télécom Paris and the CentraleSupélec Graduate School at the University of Paris-Saclay. It was initially called Yellow before its launch in 2015. The creators aimed to create a platform for people to socialize online and connect with others who share their interests.
Between 2015 and December 2019, users sent over 10 billion messages, formed 2 billion friendships, and broadcasted 30 million livestreams. In 2019, the company’s sales reached $10 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 led to more young people using Yubo, with a 550% increase in time spent in video discussion groups. Yubo’s daily membership quadrupled to 30,000 by April. In October 2020, the app had 40 million users worldwide, with 60 percent in the US and Canada. Yubo’s live social discovery feature is designed to help Generation Z make genuine friends.
The app received funding in December 2019, with $12.3 million (€11.2 million) from French private equity companies like Village Global, Iris Capital, Idinvest Partners, Alven, and Sweet Capital. The funds were meant to expand access to the technology.
About The Incident:
The tragic suicide on Yubo highlights the need for better digital support and preventive measures to address the connection between mental health and online activity. Yubo is a popular social live-streaming network connecting young people worldwide. It has come under investigation due to alarming reports of a trend called “Yubo suicide.”
On November 5, 2023, a user took their own life in a live video, shocking the platform and its users. The now-deleted video showed a distressed man, who claimed to be a victim of bullying, expressing his suffering before taking irreversible action.
This incident led to a surge of users, causing the app’s servers to crash. Unfortunately, Yubo has been connected to previous tragic events, including the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in August 2020, highlighting its vulnerability to such incidents.
These unsettling events have led to public outrage and calls for Yubo to take swift and comprehensive action to address violence, sexual assault, and live-streamed suicides, emphasizing the need for accountability and action. Thoughts and Condolances go out to the victim’s family.
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