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Posted October 21, 2014

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All About YikYak

This increasingly popular app is making headlines because of its links to cyber-bullying.

YikYak is a mobile application that allows you to anonymously share news and information to users within a 1.5 mile radius. It is making headlines around that nation for its links to cyber-bullying.

Yaks range from mundane musings (i.e. "It's raining outside") to very personal posts that include hateful messages targeting specific people, sexually-explicit messages and offensive posts.

"Yaks" are anonymous messages; there are no usernames or accounts associated with any Yak.

YikYak differs from other anonymous sharing apps, such as Secret or Whisper, in that it is intended for sharing secrets and information with those in close proximity to the user, making it more intimate and relevant for people reading the posts.

All YikYak users have the ability to contribute to the stream by writing, responding, and up voting or down voting yaks.

For more information about YikYak, visit Common Sense Media's review.

Facts about YikYak

  • YikYak is the 20th most downloaded social app in the U.S.
  • The app already has more than 240,000 users
  • According to YikYak's terms and conditions, users must be 17 to download the app
  • YikYak is intended for college-age students and above.

YikYak confirms that many middle and high schools now ban YikYak from being used on campus due to geofencing capabilities. Geofencing is a technical barrier that determines where the user is logging in from and prevents usage within certain local perimeters.

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