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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 11 2015, @09:23PM
Who the hell keeps modding you up? It appears to me that, in the span of less than five minutes, you managed to post your reply AND get modded up. That is a mighty strange coincidence, no? You wouldn't happen to be using sockpuppets, would you?
(Score: 2) by Anal Pumpernickel on Thursday March 12 2015, @12:55AM
I don't even see where I got modded up. My karma is at 50, so I start at score 2.