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Yik Yak allows users to anonymously create and view "Yaks" within a 10 mile radius. Everyone has the ability to contribute to the feed by posting, responding, and liking or disliking yaks.
While the app is primarily aimed at college campuses, it's also frequently used among high school students. Because of the anonymity, Yik Yak has faced a growing issue of cyber-bullying and threatening messages.
A suspect in at least one of these cases had police knocking on his fraternity house door after Yik Yak and the service providers turned over the IP address and GPS coordinate of the location that the message originated from. He was ultimately arrested and prosecuted.
Yik Yak, based in Atlanta, typically cooperates with authorities but said in a short emailed statement to FOX 11 that misuse of social apps is in essence, ''unavoidable.''
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