There's a new app on teenagers' smartphones, and this one is causing all kinds of chaos in high schools around the country. After several independent, anonymous bomb threats and countless incidents of bullying, the app called Yik Yak has been banned in several Chicago schools.
The location-based app creates an anonymous social chat room where up to 500 nearby users connect through GPS tracking on their phones. Less than 4 months old, Yik Yak has "a couple hundred thousand users, mainly in Southeast/East coast campuses," its co-founder Brooks Buffington said.
Users are limited to 200 characters, and no pictures are allowed. If a post is "down voted" enough times by other users on the forum, the comment disappears. Tech experts are comparing the new Atlanta-based app to a cross between SnapChat and Twitter.