Yik Yak, the social media app that has become very popular on college campuses, is causing some trouble for university administrators across the country. Yik Yak is a location-based app that allows users to see recent posts from other users in the same geographic region.
The app has been used to post discriminatory and offensive posts, causing college administrators to consider banning use of the app on school WIFI networks. Utica College in New York blocked use of Yik Yak on the school’s wireless networks after school President Todd Hutton said in a letter to students that some users “have been employing uncivil, intolerant, and bigoted language in postings” on the app.
In November, a freshman student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used Yik Yak to post a bomb threat. The student was later arrested.
Calls to block Yik Yak have also been made at Colgate University and Clemson University.
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