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End Cyberbullying--Disable UConn's Yik Yak

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Yik Yak, a semi-anonymous messenger app, launched in November 2013 with the stated intention of "helping you feel at home in your local community" has done everything but that for many of us students here at the University of Connecticut. Instead of being a fun and friendly social network, here at UConn the app is a breeding ground for racism, anti-semitism, hate speech and abuse.

With anonymity, many students at UConn who use this app in a negative way feel they have zero accountability for their posts so they target classmates, spread rumors about them and even threats. I have seen this happen to some of my friends who are students here, many of them have deleted the app. I have seen school administrators, teachers and students ridiculed in there by name. These behaviors occur in our herd and occur everyday.

I am not criticizing Yik Yak itself. The majority of our herd's community has proven time and time again that they cannot use this app in a positive/non-abusive way, this is beyond unacceptable, it is is past time we stand up and do something before a life is senselessly lost because of an insensitive post or barrage of hurtful comments on this app.

That is why I am calling on Tyler Droll (Brooks Buffington) to uphold their zero tolerance policy for bullying and block us from Yik Yak such as middle schools and high schools are.

Everyone, please stand and join me in telling the creators of this app, including the users who have chosen to abuse it for their own enjoyment, that we will not tolerate bullying. We are better off without this app.



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