Yik Yak App Causing a Bit of a Stir on College Campuses

There has been a lot of chatter about the new social media app that has been making the rounds on college campuses around the United States. Yik Yak, is a new app that was created by college students for college students with the intent to keep students connected.

The app was created by two Furman University students and allows students to send anonymous messages to other students that have the app as long as they are within a certain radius. So far students have used Yik Yak to send random messages filled with gossip and joke, but the use of the app has taken a darker turn recently. There are now reported incidents of threats of violence and consented sex tapes being sent without the other party’s consent.

Students are beginning to speak out against the use of Yik Yak and here’s what they are saying:

University of Michigan student, Kalyani Sharma said, “You can see that there are inappropriate things or hurtful things (posted), and I think I just don’t want to get involved with that. You can upvote certain pieces of gossip. Some are funny, but some are definitely detrimental. I’m not a huge fan.”

USC student, Judah Joseph has a slightly different opinion and believes the solution is a form of “self-policing among users.” Judah told HuffPost Live, “It’s definitely not a beacon of accomplishment for our generation, but there are very strict rules. You cannot use people’s names. You cannot be very clear about whom you are referring to. I think that one those rules are kind of in place, it is gossip, and I don’t think there’s any merit to it, but I don’t think it’s necessarily detrimental on the other hand.”

In an proactive move to protect students, some schools are going as far as banning the use of the app on school internet servers. This doesn’t solve the issue of students using it with their cell phone data service, however, and may just push students to use it more out of principal.

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