Universities consider blocking controversial app
UNC-Chapel Hill is considering banning a smartphone app that some say encourages hate speech, but other schools say free speech among students needs to be promoted.Posted — Updated
Yik Yak allows users post anonymously to a local bulletin board, and those posts can be seen only by people in a certain geographic area.
During the height of the "Black Lives Matter" protests on campus last fall, for example, one person posted, "I really hate blacks, I'm going home where there aren't any."
Another poster said, "the way blacks are acting right now kind of justify a slavery."
"These are people we are going to class with, people who we see every day, and they might have some type of ill will toward us," she said.
Duke University and North Carolina State University said they have no plans to block students from posting on Yik Yak.
Yik Yak representatives couldn't be reached Thursday for comment.
"As a social media platform, it has the potential to be a place where people can really speak about their feelings anonymously, but that also means they are not accountable for what they’re saying," she said. "People have taken the liberty of anonymity and have gone completely off the deep end."
Moneta said students would be better off just tuning the app out.
"Our position has always been every student has the right to avoid it simply stop looking at it, and in time, it will fade into oblivion as every predecessor has done," he said.
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