Kenyon Mentioned in Times Yik Yak Article

According to a recent New York Times article titled “Who Spewed that Abuse? Anonymous Yik Yak isn’t Telling” (which can be read here), Kenyon is far from the only college that has faced hate speech on the anonymous app Yik Yak.

The Times piece mentions Kenyon’s problems with the app, specifically the Yak made about a proposed “gang bang” at the Crozier Center for Women, which was just one of many hateful and threatening Yaks directed at Crozier and Take Back the Night. This anonymous hate-speech generated a lot of anti-Yik Yak sentiment on campus, with articles about the issue appearing on the Thrill and in the Collegian; a reference to the Thrill piece was made in an article about the app on the Huffington Post in an article about why campuses should ban Yik Yak.

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Adirondack-Chair-Arm-First-Year: The Birth, Impalement, and Legacy of a Yik Yak Legend

Let me make a couple of things clear first. I’m cautiously neutral towards Yik Yak in the general sense. Often, when people hold themselves and others accountable for content that stays up, Kenyon Yaks can be hilarious. I know that we are capable of maintaining it through intelligent downvoting and self-monitoring. I do acknowledge the problematic content it allows for though, and understand it is not an inherently innocent platform.

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Kenyon Confession: Your Anonymity is Problematic


Let’s take a trip down memory lane. In my personal experience at Kenyon, anonymity, and I mean true, prevalent, lasting anonymity, got its footing in the comment section of The Thrill. This was a place where you could post almost whatever you wanted, and it would be seen, heard, and engaged with. It started as harmless. It’s perfectly within anyone’s right to say they don’t think one of our posts is funny, or that we’re not good writers. But I’ve watched these comments turn into repeated sexual harassment, to unfounded accusations against other students, groups, professors, and departments.

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