By social media editor Melony Roy
AUSTIN, Tex. (CBS) — Yik Yak has been described as the “wild wild west of anonymous social apps.” Last year, both Moorestown and Neshaminy high schools had problems with students who were using the app.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Eddie Rodriguez Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say
Now, those concerns are being addressed by those behind the anonymous, location-based app.
Cofounder Tyler Droll says they’ve taken steps to fight back against such misuse.
“We find all that extremely inappropriate,” he said, “and we have a bunch of filters, tools, and moderations the community can use to police the app.”
For things like bomb threats, the app now detects potential threats and sends a warning message to the user before the post is accepted for publication.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Delaware County DA Jack Stollsteimer To Announce Charges In Shooting Outside Upper Darby SEPTA Terminal
The founders also pointed out that the app is not targeted toward high schoolers, and that 95 percent of its users are college students.
“There’s no other way to connect instantly with everyone around you, especially on a college campus, where everyone has a similar experience,” Droll said.
He adds they have also built “geofences” that disable the app around nearly 100,000 high schools in the US.
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