It is free speech or simply the freedom to anonymously gossip about others? That’s the question many college campuses are facing with Yik Yak, the most downloaded anonymous social app out there, easily beating competitors like Whisper.
Unlike other social media sites like Facebook, Yik Yak allows users to post comments anonymously. Messages are grouped according to location, most often within a 1.5-10 mile radius. In other words, a college campus.
In a New York Times article, reporter Jonathan Mahler says Yik Yak is less like a virtual bulletin board and more like a virtual bathroom wall, where all manner of abusive content finds an anonymous home.
And while banning the app on campus may seem like a logical response (although not technically possible given that students can simply use their cell phone service), others see killing the app as counterproductive. Read Larry Magrid’s compelling argument for Yik Yak here.