28 Feb '16, 7pm

Racist Social Media Firestorm Erupts During Southern Adventist University Vespers

Several defining features make Yik Yak different from other social media applications. It is entirely anonymous (users are randomly assigned icons that identify their comments in conversation threads), and is location-based, meaning that people can find and respond to yaks from other yakkers in a 5-mile radius at any given time. This allows people to interact with people near them without being identified. During the BCU vespers, yakkers in the Southern Adventist University vicinity began sharing racially-charged yaks, some of them deeply racist. Before long, screen captures of the racist yaks began circulating on Facebook and Twitter, quickly amassing hundreds of social media shares.

Full article: http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/02/28/racist-soc...

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