Yik Yak App Pulled from Phones Due To Bullying Concerns

Yik Yak, which lets users post anonymous text messages to anyone within a certain radius, was disabled in Chicago after high schools, including New Trier and Lake Forest, warned parents to take it off their children’s phones.

In response to complaints from high schools in Chicago and on the North Shore, the developers of the controversial app Yik Yak have pulled it from the Chicago area, according to ABC7.

Administrators at Lake Forest High School, New Trier High School and at least two high schools downtown sent letters to parents this week warning them about the app, which one principal called “vicious.”

The app lets you send an anonymous text message to other phones within a given location. Schools are banning Yik Yak from their networks, but students are still able to access it via their own cellular network.
 reported last month that Yik Yak already had 100,000 users.

It’s not clear how long the app will be down in Chicago, ABC7 reports. A spokesperson said the company is looking at a technical way to prevent it from being used by high school and middle school students.

David Greenberg March 08, 2014 at 12:04 AM
You can't prevent it from being used by high school and middle school students... Sure, you can set up some geofencing and plug in all the schools coordinates, but there's plenty of methods for spoofing location data, so any kid who wants to use this, will. And ummm, this app isn't the be all, end all for bullies. They can still just go back to email, instant messaging, facebook, myspace, in-person methods... How about "sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me"?
Jordan S. Zoot March 08, 2014 at 05:10 PM
How about Singapore style public caning for every kid caught using it....ten lashes ought do the trick.
David Greenberg March 08, 2014 at 05:23 PM
It's been set up to be anonymous.
Jordan S. Zoot March 08, 2014 at 05:40 PM
In that case just cane an entire classroom and let them use peer pressure to find the bad apple.


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