Representatives of social media app Yubo said on Tuesday that the platform was adding new security features and updating its user guidelines following reports that the accused elementary school shooter Robb allegedly used the app to send disturbing messages that appeared to have gone unnoticed in the days leading up to the fatal shooting.
“The devastating events of May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, brought to light systemic issues in society that must be addressed,” Yubo CEO Sacha Lazimi said in a statement Tuesday. “In the days that followed, we focused on accelerating security developments in our pipeline and further expanding the scope of existing safeguards on our platform.”
Yubo representatives said that since the Uvalde shooting, they have updated the app‘s risk detection policy, improved its user reporting capabilities, and introduced audio moderation technology for live streams that , they claim, will enable “full automatic moderation across the platform.”
ABC News previously reported that in the days and weeks leading up to the Uvalde shooting, accused gunman Salvador Ramos appeared to send disturbing messages — including allegations of violent intentions at school — to many young people who he had met online through the Yubo app. One user told ABC News that she tried to report Ramos to Yubo – but “no matter how many times he was reported…he would still come back.”
The May 24 shooting killed 19 students and two faculty members, making it one of the deadliest school shootings in the country’s history.
Yubo representatives also said on Tuesday that the platform has developed a new “combination signal risk detection algorithm” that will help provide context around potential risks on its platform by evaluating “a combination of signals including keywords, emojis and images”.
Yubo representatives previously told ABC News that the company is “fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.”
“We remain shocked and deeply saddened by this recent tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and all those affected,” they said.
Yubo, launched in 2015 by a French company, was listed in 2019 by Seventeen magazine as one of the seven best dating apps for teens.