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Yik Yak is a social media app. Its creators say it is a community where you can post an anonymous message for other users in your area to see. The app finds you by using your phone's GPS.

When you send out a "yak" out it reaches the 500 closest users within five miles. The developers designed the app for students on college campuses so co-eds could share useful information about jobs or housing.

The new app launched in November has about half a million users and is already causing some controversy. Some users are using using the anonymous feature for cyber bullying or posting rumors.

Complaints about Yik Yak came from colleges and high schools. Two high school students in the Philadelphia area have been charged with felonies for posting school shooting threats on Yik Yak.

Yik Yak lists its No. 1 rule as "You do not bully or specifically target other yakkers." And it says no one under college age should be on Yik Yak. The founders defend their anonymous feature, saying "The only thing you are judged on is the content you created, nothing else."

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