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Yik Yak is Back in the News
By: Shalice Sherald
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Yik Yak is back in the news, this time in Michigan. Yik Yak, anonymous social media platform that allows users to post and view “yaks,” has been used for bullying and harassment since its launch, causing many schools to take action to ban the app. Still, in the past 18 months, the app has become available at 200 universities nationwide. For most college students, it has become the social media app of choice.
 
The app is focused on servicing college campuses with news and gossip. Yaks are posted within a 10-mile radius. Users interact by writing, responding, and voting on the yaks. After five down votes, a yak disappears. Students can post about all aspects of a university’s campus, such as professors, activities, and people. It gives users complete access and freedom to say whatever they want.
 
In recent incidents at Michigan universities, students have posted threats about campus shootings, gang rapes, and racially motivated statements. "Apps like Yik Yak, because of their anonymity, make it remarkably easy for people to behave badly with impunity," said John Corvino, chairman of the philosophy department at Wayne State University.
 
Due to the danger of the app, people need to take precautions with the use of the app and what they say. The app might be anonymous, but it’s no secret to university administrators and law enforcement.


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Shalice Sherald is an artist from Detroit, Michigan. She's a person with passion for life, love, and HAPPYness. Love. Dream. Create.
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