Yik Yak Trend Concerns Some University Students

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By Sarah Cantey

 Seventy percent of students say they see frequent cyberbullying and now, technology is making it easier for bullies to hide.

 
Troy University students are flooding the free smartphone app Yik Yak. It uses location features to show comments near by. And people can post, like and share comments anonymously. 
 
Students are writing things ranging from what's being served in the dining halls to hurtful comments calling out students. The majority of the posts use profanity. University police say they are aware of it.
 
Troy University Police Chief John McCall said, "We are seeing a lot of negative comments and bashing of other people. And it's technically bullying. And people think that they can do it because it's non traceable. And they need to realize it is traceable. And it can come back to hurt them in the long run."
 
Police say there hasn't been any reports filed with them to investigate. But there have been reports of some schools across the country banning the app. 


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