Yik Yak Founders Defend Themselves Against Criticism Over Cyberbullying


Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington took the stage today at South by Southwest, where they addressed what they described as the biggest misconceptions about their anonymous, location-based chat app.

As Yik Yak’s popularity has climbed, it has also faced growing concerns and criticism – a recent article in The New York Times provides a good overview, with accounts of harassment and threats, and one law professor describing it as “the Wild West of anonymous social apps.”

Droll and Buffington, on the other hand, said it’s a misconception to think that their app is dominated by cyberbulling, or to think that Yik Yak is used by large numbers of high schoolers. They said that in reality, 95 percent of their users are college students, with “very little” cyberbullying and threats.

“Both of those are not what we see on a daily basis,” Droll said.

On the high school…

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