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Hurtful comments directed at individuals or groups diminish us all and create a divisive atmosphere of distrust and suspicion.” This highlights the ethical controversy of cyberbullying and racism within the social media app.On October 3, 2014, The Huffington Post published an editorial by Ryan Chapin Mach titled "Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak," which asserted that Yik Yak's anonymous messaging boards "are like bathroom stalls without toilets.The automatic system downvoted and deleted any posts that contained words that associated with names of other apps used by university students, including "fade," "unseen," "erodr," and "sneek." The downvoting algorithm, which assigned downvotes on regular intervals until the posts were deleted, appeared to be designed to mislead users to thinking that their posts were unpopular amongst peers, rather than censored by Yik Yak itself.In December 2015, the SLOG and the Seattle Times reported that a Western Washington University student had been arrested and released on bail after calling for the lynching of the student body president of the university. This limited its former projected growth potential, and in December 2016, Yik Yak laid off 60 percent of its workers.Yik Yak was a social media smartphone application that was launched in 2013.It was available for i OS and Android and it allowed people to create and view discussion threads within a 5-mile (8 km) radius (termed "Yaks" by the application).If the app is opened within one of these areas the user is displayed a message along the lines of: “it looks like you’re trying to use Yik Yak on a middle school or high school grounds.

He wrote, “Hate speech, not to be confused with free speech, has no place at Santa Clara University, because it violates the dignity and respect with which each member of our community is entitled to be treated.

At first these boundaries were installed manually by the developers, but it quickly became clear they would need outside assistance.

They found this assistance in a Vermont-based company known as Maponics.

The popularity decline was likely caused by the temporary enforcement of mandatory handles and a smaller part the removal of the "My Herd" feature.

These changes were known among the users as the primary reasons for the decline, while news articles made the assumption (without investigative work) was due to cyberbullying.

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