Stopping Online Harassment Before It Starts
Yik Yak, created in 2013, is a relatively young social network. But it already has a problem with harassment.
As Jonathan Mahler of The Times has written, students at a variety of colleges and high schools have used the app to post anonymous racist, sexist or threatening messages. One professor at Eastern Michigan University found that students had been posting insulting comments about her and other faculty members during their lecture.
Yik Yak’s older counterparts have been dealing with (or failing to deal with) similar abuses for some time.
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