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Augustana Restricts Access to Yik Yak

December 19, 2014

Yik Yak SymbolAugustana College this week barred access to the social media app Yik Yak through the colleges wifi network, The Quad City Times reported. College officials put the app behind a firewall amid campus debate and a protest over posts on Yik Yak that many considered racist and offensive. Yik Yak has been criticized for the ease with which students can make anonymous racist posts, and has been the subject of protests on numerous campuses. Many colleges, however, have resisted efforts to ban the app, citing First Amendment concerns at public institutions (Augustana is private), and practical concerns, given that students have many ways to access the app without using campus networks. At Colgate University this month, faculty members bombarded the app with positive comments about students in attempt to reclaim the app from those using it in ways that hurt other students.



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