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Yik Yak App Restricts Access To Stop Bullying

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Campuses across the country are hoping the Yik Yak phase is over.

"A lot of things were coming out about people that were supposed to stay private and people were getting bullied and getting their feelings hurt and it was terrible," said Fone Callaghan.

Callaghan is a junior at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. She knows about Yik Yak because she became one of its victims. Students were posting things about her online for everyone to see.

So, when she heard about the app's new limited access she was relieved.

"I actually think that's great because it's going to create a lot less bullying," she says.

Basically the app developers have created a way to block access to users within a certain radius of all campuses across the country.

District Attorney Ashley Rich is worried there may still be loopholes, though. We brought the news to her earlier this week and she says she plans to do some further research on the limited access to be sure it's the real deal.

"I know the Yik Yak app asks if you are 17 years and all a child has to do is lie, so unless they have put additional safeguards on the app that I'm not aware of there's no way to stop kids who are in high school or middle school from using the app," says Rich.

Here locally threats were made on several campuses through the app. People agree that Yik Yak developers are doing the right thing.

"Whatever you say you should have to take responsibility for it and middle and high school aged students don't understand that as well and so restricting the use I think is a good thing," said a viewer.

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