Jonathon Mahler writes in the NYT that in much the same way that Facebook swept through the dorm rooms of America’s college students a decade ago, the social app Yik Yak, which shows anonymous messages from users within a 1.5-mile radius is now taking college campuses by storm. "Think of it as a virtual community bulletin board — or maybe a virtual bathroom wall at the student union," writes Mahler. "It has become the go-to social feed for college students across the country to commiserate about finals, to find a party or to crack a joke about a rival school." And while much of the chatter is harmless, some of it is not. “Yik Yak is the Wild West of anonymous social apps,” says Danielle Keats Citron. “It is being increasingly used by young people in a really intimidating and destructive way.” Since the app’s introduction a little more than a year ago, Yik Yak has been used to issue threats of mass violence on more than a dozen college campuses, including the University of North Carolina, Michigan State University and Penn State. Racist, homophobic and misogynist “yaks” have generated controversy at many more, among them Clemson, Emory, Colgate and the University of Texas. At Kenyon College, a “yakker” proposed a gang rape at the school’s women’s center.
(Score: 2) by wantkitteh on Wednesday March 11 2015, @08:39PM
You misunderstand - the right to free speech was not violated, the hypothetical guy yelling fire was not prevented from doing so, just taken to task for an action that caused physical harm to others - in this case, he committed incitement to bodily harm / manslaughter. No-one would have hurt anyone if some idiot hadn't lied to them that their lives were in danger.
(Score: 2) by Anal Pumpernickel on Wednesday March 11 2015, @08:55PM
There was no action. The people who chose to panic are the ones who took harmful actions.
No-one would have hurt anyone if some idiot hadn't lied to them that their lives were in danger.
No one would be hurt if the people hadn't panicked in a way that led to people getting hurt. It's time to stop believing everything you hear.