Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An app that allows anonymous messages to be linked to a specific geographic location has become a tool for bullying and other abuse at middle and high schools. Yik Yak displays messages from a user's area that are voted up or down. Company CEO Tyler Droll calls it a "campus bulletin board." It has become such a problem that many schools have gotten a "geo fence" erected around their location that does not permit its use within its boundaries. Fox News TV psychologist Keith Ablow calls Yik Yak "the most dangerous form of social media I've ever seen." John Dodig, principal of Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, said, "It's terribly hurtful, embarrassing and leaves scars and creates another problem we didn't have to deal with [before smartphones]."


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This is what I mentioned before, anonymity is really a view into your dark side ... can you control it?


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This does sound like a very awful new platform for cowards to insult truthfully or untruthfully anyone they feel slighted by.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-09 10:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

You're right Danni. I would much rather be insulted openly here in the DR by someone I have no idea who they are other than their DR nick and how they usually post things.


#2 | Posted by path at 2014-06-10 08:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Yeah, Path, except I love all you guys.

#3 | Posted by cbob at 2014-06-10 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

This does sound like a very awful new platform for cowards to insult truthfully or untruthfully anyone they feel slighted by.


I welcome you to the internet.

#4 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-10 07:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

Internet anonymity is NOT vital to any aspect of freedom. Not even SLIGHTLY vital.

I was born in the 1960s. I did not suddenly 'become free' sometime in the 90s when the net really started taking off.

We'll never be back to print newspapers as the main news sources, but we could go back to only protecting NEWS anonymity and be just fine, at least for freedom.

Sadly, in this day and age, such a change would probably make data mining problems a lot worse.

Life goes on. At least I can dream of all trolls losing their cover.

#5 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-11 03:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

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