Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yik Yak Targeted by WSU Greek Leaders For Anonymous Cyberbullying

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Washington State University's Greek system leaders are calling on students to delete a social media app that allows users to post anonymously, citing the site and app's propensity for bullying and abuse, reports the WSU campus newspaper, The Daily Evergreen,

Yik Yak allows users to make anonymous posts visible to other app users within a 1.5-mile radius, which detractors say can lead to anonymous cyberbullying. The Pullman, Wash., university community posts once every 60 seconds, and approximately 36 percent of WSU students use it.

Leaders of WSU's fraternity and sorority system are encouraging users to ditch the app through a concerted twitter campaign using the hashtag "#releasetheyak" and retweeting anti-Yik Yak posts by members of the Greek fraternity and sorority systems since Oct. 12.

“I think the negatives that are portrayed on the site or on the app completely outweigh anything remotely positive,” WSU Interfraternity Council President Adam Crouch told the Spokesman-Review

University officials, however, don't share the Greek community's angst over the application.

"Any opportunity to be anonymous is dangerous," said Res Life Director Edwin Hamada, who told the Evergreen that he only became aware of Yik Yak last week. "But being dangerous doesn't mean it's worse than any other kind of social media." 

But for Panhellenic Council President Madi Phillips, getting students to ditch the app is urgent.

"Too many strangers are being put down or humiliated, and we all believe that those who find that information comedic is sickening," she wrote to the Evergreen in an email.

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