Students at Bournemouth University have been sent emails recently regarding their behaviour on social media, specifically on the popular app Yik Yak.
The Yik Yak app allows people to connect locally using GPS technology so people can make anonymous bulletin-like posts that anyone in a 5 mile radius can see and comment on.
When asked about their intended use of the app, Olivia Boger from the Yik Yak team said: “We’ve seen users support each other through personal struggles, help fellow students find lost items, discuss policy changes on campus, and rally around their sports teams.”
However, rather than being used for what the creators of the app intended, at BU it’s being used by students to disrupt lectures, mock other students, and even make comments on some of the lecturers.
Ali Genco, a first year Business Studies student said: “My lectures have been disrupted loads of times, people all say [on the app] to cough at a specific time or bang the tables or something.”
Kenna Cooper, another Business student said: “We were sent emails that basically said not to speak about lecturers or the uni on Yik Yak, because they’ll find out who sent it.”
Following complaints about the app, students on the Multimedia Journalism course were also warned about some of the comments being made.
One of Yik Yak’s main rules is not to post comments that might harm the feed or your community, but being that posters are anonymous this rule is clearly difficult to enforce.
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