BUzz asked four students from Bournemouth University what they thought about the popular app Yik Yak and how they use it, following recent controversy about it.
Ruby Hornsey, 19: “A lot of people get shouted out to on Yik Yak, most of the time it’s funny, I’ve done it to someone. They did something embarrassing and I posted about it, she’s my friend though and she knew I posted it. I used to check it as much as I would other social media, but it’s just a bit repetitive now.”
Kenna Cooper, 20: “The main person I know that’s been singled out on there is a guy that everyone calls ‘highlighter guy’. He basically had a highlighter behind his ear in a lecture and a photo got taken of him and put up on Yik Yak. Ever since he’s just been known as that.”
Charlie Sawers, 20: “From what I’ve seen it just causes cyberbullying. I have a friend who was mocked for being a virgin on Yik Yak, and recently he got a girlfriend and they’d been together for a while, I don’t know if they still are. But basically some people on my course found out he was with her and started posting his name on there saying ‘virgin no more’, and it was posted everywhere, it was horrible.”
Ali Genco, 19: “It’s really popular because it’s anonymous, people can get away with stuff without anyone knowing. If it wasn’t anonymous I don’t think anyone would be using it as much.”
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