Yik Yak co-founder addresses threats to MU campus

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, November 11 2015 Nov 11, 2015 Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:51:00 AM CST November 11, 2015 in News
By: Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Yik Yak co-founder addressed threats posted on the social media app Tuesday night towards the University of Missouri campus.

On Wednesday, co-founder Brooks Buffington released a message to the community calling the threats, "upsetting and completely unacceptable". 

Multiple threats towards black students at the University of Missouri were posted Tuesday evening on the social media app. The app allows users to remain anynoumous and can be only be seen in a certain radius. The threats caused an increased presence of police on the MU campus. 

"Let’s not waste any words here: This sort of misbehavior is NOT what Yik Yak is to be used for. Period. It is not condoned by Yik Yak, and it violates our Terms of Service," Buffington said in his message. 

The message said the app was created to encourage communities to engage in open and honest conversation. 

"It’s our hope that the range of discussion on MU’s campus can help to bring about positive resolution and a better understanding within the community," Buffington said. 

But, Buffington said the threats posted Tuesday took the conversation too far. 

Buffington said he suggests users review Yik Yak's terms and it will suspend and ban users who violate them. 

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