Yik-Yak: Is this the end?

Laith Hussein

This is an outrage! First and foremost, if you do not know what yin yak is, allow me to explain. Yik Yak is a social media app that allows people anonymously to create and view “Yaks” within a 5-mile radius. This app is mainly used throughout college campuses. Lately there has been talk of this app becoming extent on college campuses. The College of Idaho has asked yin-yak to geo fence their campus. Geo fencing is where the yik-yak blocks the use of their app in certain locations. Yik-Yak has not responded to the request, which is why College of Idaho has threatened to ban them from their wireless network. Now you may be wondering as to why all of this commotion? This is due to the fact that people are being offensive, vile, and hateful. People are using this app to express things that they wouldn’t be allowed to say in public. Of course this isn’t going to be good? This is an anonymous posting app after all… But I do believe that even though with all of this bullying that there is still hope. People are able to as well as be themselves on this app. They are able to seek help from their peers and connect with like-minded people. From my personal experiences with this app, I’ve found that there was more good than bad. Yes, there probably is too much talk of sex within this app, but the community actually cares believe it or not. I see posts where people are constantly being cheered up and helping each other. It just depends on which you think is worth more? There will be bad in everything as well as good. It’s up to the people to decide what is worth more. You don’t have to listen to the negative things people say on this app. No matter how negative people are, the good always prevail. This app is a place where we are able to express ourselves without judgment. A place where we are able to ask and get help on things that we couldn’t in our real life. This app is needed, especially in college campuses where we are all so lost and confused. The only place its probably needed for that matter.



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