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What is YOLO: the anonymous question app?

Jacob Yothment

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YOLO is a new, free-to-download app that can help your friends get to know you better.

YOLO app

YOLO allows your Snapchat friends to anonymously ask you questions. Let’s say one of your Snapchat friends wants to know if you’re single but is too shy to ask you directly. Or, what if someone wants to know if you’re mad at them, but is worried what you might say to their face? YOLO can help you out!

YOLO is not available yet for Android. Within a week of its launch, YOLO raced to the top of the iOS app charts with about 125,000 downloads already.

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How to use it

  1. Download YOLO here.
  2. Open the app.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  4. Link it to your Snapchat account.
  5. Click on “get anonymous messages.”
  6. Snapchat will open.
  7. Post the message to your story, letting your friends know they can anonymously send you messages.

Yolo app

According to the terms of service,  the app is allowed to collect and store personal information including your name, phone number, email address, password, photo, avatar, and location.

Cyberbullying concern

Since users can say something anonymously to someone, the app may invite cyber bullies. A cyberbully could potentially send a malicious message to a user without fear of being caught. 

When you download the app, you agree to not use the app for malicious purposes under threat of being banned. 

YOLO also warns that if you use the app maliciously, your identity will be revealed. However, users have reported that they have not seen this happen as of yet, according to a report from Offspring. 

According to the download page, YOLO is for users 12 and up.

Should I download it?

The privacy concerns and cyberbullying concerns are definitely a cause for concern. However, these are both nothing new for social media programs, and seem pretty tame by modern standards. Do we really need to go over all the drama with Facebook?

If you are still in high school, and cyberbullying is an issue, this is probably not the right app for you. If you are older and have friends that have grown beyond petty bullying, then this can be a lot of fun.

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