Twitter Reminisces On Yik Yak Trauma

Does anyone else remember Yik Yak? Seems like a good chunk of Twitter does, as a viral tweet has everyone walking down memory lane of the social messaging app.  If you were in college when Yik Yak was a thing, you are one of the few that I have ultimate respect for. — Alissa (@alissamoe) September 24, 2020 What is Yik Yak? For those who didn’t have the “pleasure” of using Yik Yak, it was a social messaging app that allowed anyone in a five mile radius to view and post discussion threads, aka a ‘Yak.’ It was created in 2013 and had features vaguely similar to Twitter. A user was able to write their own yak, respond to one, and like or dislike (upvote/downvote). Upvoting and downvoting was not only a like/dislike feature, but it also had ranking weight. This meant that the more downvotes a yak got, the less it appeared in the feed. If a yak got more than five downvotes, it would be deleted permanently. Conversely, the more upvotes a yak got, the more it would appear in a feed. Sounds kind of fun, right? Why Yik Yak Was Problematic Wrong. A key aspect of Yik Yak was that everything was anonymous! On top of that, there wasn’t a way for the conversations happening on the app to be monitored at all, so Yik Yak quickly became a place for cyberbullying and extremely racist behavior on many college campuses. Posts containing a phone number were not allowed to be posted. Similarly, posts with offensive language were flagged and subject to be taken down. Aside from that, everything else was fair game. At some schools, the hate on Yik Yak got so out of control that the app had to be banned from campus altogether. In 2016, the app reported a downfall in user downloads by 76% compared to 2015.  Deactivation On April 28, 2017 the app announced it would be deactivating because they were not able to maintain user engagement after their drastic drop in downloads and users in 2016. This can be attested to all of the schools that took action on their own campuses against the app. Critics said that any platform where users could be anonymous would quickly become a place for bullying. The app was forced to get rid of 60% of their staff before eventually announcing their deactivation. In 2017, the mobile payment operator Square Inc. purchased the app and integrated what was left of their team into their company. But this sad history didn’t stop Twitter from reminiscing on the days the app was alive and well.  The year is 2015. It's jerseday, you're pregaming in your dorm room w cherry burnett's, scrolling through yik yak while Roses by The Chainsmokers blares in the background. Life is good. — Lydia Brown (@lydBrown12) September 23, 2020 Trending On Twitter Twitter was reminded of these dark days when a user posted a tweet that said, “if you were in college when Yik Yak was a thing, you are one of the few that I have ultimate respect for.” Just the reminder of the anonymous app’s existence had people reeling. For those who did go to school with the app, not even just college, it affected highschool and middle school students alike, a mention of Yik Yak brings back suppressed memories of cyberbullying and gossip for most.  I miss anonymously talking trash on Yik Yak — Logan (@Dogan_Lyer) September 24, 2020 The common theme in this trending thread is definitely the collective agreement that this app was the epitome of toxicity and problematic.  On many college campuses, the cyberbullying revolved around race and was highly racist. The anonymity of the app gave oppressors the perfect platform for hate speech and racist remarks. It often was a reality check for many white students that the student body was not as integrated and anti-racist as they may have thought. yik yak has proven that racism is alive and well. As well immaturity, cyber bullying , and elitism. Ya think college kids should be better.. — Cj Pyrex (@MonsieurAlabre) April 27, 2014 tbt to my freshman year at SMU. let's not get it twisted. Yik Yak was not fun. It was not cute. It was a breeding ground for racists who could get away with their thoughts with no consequences by it being anonymous. — mask goes over your nose (@roziedarobot) September 25, 2020 the racists LOVED yik yak — Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) September 25, 2020 Of course, there was a small percent of Yik Yak content that wasn’t terrible. Some people liked to use the app to play pranks. In 2014 at UNCA my roommates and I all posted on Yik Yak at the same time saying that James Franco was on campus at Highsmith student union. He was not there, and we watched as around 30 people came rushing into Highsmith trying to meet him — Pelipper (@Pelippper) September 25, 2020 But you really did have to have a thick skin to use the app most days. Some of the stuff posted was truly terrible and did cause trauma! Yik Yak era was NOT for the weak — sheybae (@sheilasalgado_) September 25, 2020 Imma go a step further and say if you were Black and in college when Yik Yak was around you deserve an award — dracarys 🐉 (@sidward1997) September 25, 2020 THE TRAUMA omfg. I had Yik Yak in sophomore year of high school. I found out that I had a stalker thanks to that app lmao. I was working at the PX and a soldier constantly made posts about me and how he would come in just to look at me and usually never buy anything. — nu metal shawty 𓃵 (@slipknaughty_) September 25, 2020 Omfg Yik Yak is trending, here’s some trauma for you guys. Freshmen year, was walking the cafeteria and had a stupid shirt on that said “foxy” w/ a fox on it. Dumb, yes, but 5 minutes later someone posted: “saw a girl w/ a “foxy” shirt on. She was not “foxy.” 😭😭😭 — Marie Williams (@pleasechilldude) September 25, 2020 September being Suicide Awareness month does remind us of one positive side of Yik Yak. The anonymity of the app allowed college users to feel more comfortable opening up about their struggles with mental health. A student from The College of William and Mary, a school all too familiar with suicide, chatted with NPR in 2015 about her experience with Yik Yak on campus. She showed a screenshot of a yak where a user expressed thoughts about possibly harming themselves. She showed journalists how other users replied with encouraging messages, urging the initial user to seek professional help. The William and Mary student commented on how she has seen Yik Yak be a positive source for aiding those struggling with poor mental health. Alternatively, she was quoted not seeing the same support for survivors of sexual assault on the platform. She noticed that users of Yik Yak were quick to cast judgement or not believe the survivor. So nevermind, Yik Yak was never that great.  Overall, most people were probably relieved to see Yik Yak go as it proved to be way too problematic and toxic. While it may be unpleasant to relive some of these Yik Yak memories, it’s nice to know the app is safely out of our lives.  With Yik Yak gone though, has there been another app to take their place? Is TikTok comparable to Yik Yak in some way?? Let us know what you think! 

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Everything the Media Claimed About Breonna Taylor’s Death Was a Lie – Truth Surfaces – No Police Charged in Her Death…

The media claimed Breonna Taylor was shot during a “no knock” warrant – False.The media claimed Breonna Taylor was shot in her bed – False.The media claimed Breonna Taylor was murdered – False. Everything the media and lawyer Ben Crump claimed about the death of Breonna Taylor and the circumstances around her death was based on lies. The officials in Kentucky allowed a mountain of lies to grow until the evidence was finally presented to a grand jury and the Kentucky Attorney General was forced to admit the truth. According to evidence revealed at a press conference by AG Daniel Cameron, the police executed a search warrant by knocking on the door. Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker refused to answer the door after the police identified themselves. The police broke down the door. Kenneth Walker was armed and shot first at police. The police returned fire and that’s how Breonna Taylor was shot and killed.  WATCH: [embedded content] . No police officers were charged with the death of Breonna Taylor because they were responding to being fired upon. It appears Mr. Walker used his girlfriend as a shield. One officer, Brett Hankison, who did not shoot any person, was charged with “wonton endangerment” for haphazardly firing 10 shots that entered the adjacent apartment unit. Breonna Taylor’s killing set off months of protests in Louisville and other cities and drew national attention.  Celebrities and civil-rights activists demanding justice and urged Kentucky AG Cameron to bring charges against the officers involved. Last week, the city of Louisville said it would pay $12 million to Ms. Taylor’s estate as part of a legal settlement with her family. The agreement also required the city to implement policy changes, including a mandate for police commanders to approve all search warrants.  Today the shooting was ruled justified as the police were responding to being fired upon by Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Officials in Kentucky allows months of false claims to be made surrounding the shooting without correcting the media reporting. As with the Trayvon Martin case…. and as with the Michael Brown case….. and as with the Freddie Gray case…. everything pushed by the media about the Breonna Taylor case was based on lies.  The media will now refuse to admit the truth and will now spin the narrative to claim they never reported incorrectly.  Absolutely ridiculous. Share this: Like this: Like Loading...

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Ellen DeGeneres Receives Backlash for Making Jokes in ‘On-Air’ Apology

Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the season premiere of her show with a much-anticipated apology. However, it didn’t quite go as planned. Shortly after posting the video, the backlash came flooding in. It appears as though people didn’t appreciate the jokes in her apology.  Today we’re starting a new chapter. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020 The talk show host posted a tweet of the monologue on Monday saying, “Today we’re starting a new chapter.”  While Ellen’s intentions of the tweet might’ve been good, the current and former employees didn’t exactly see it that way. In the monologue, she comes across very light-hearted and made several jokes during the apology.  DeGeneres starts off by asking the audience how their summer was and sarcastically responds by stating, “Mine was great. Super terrific.” Apologizing for the allegations she says, “As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned things that happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”  Several people questioned just how serious Ellen takes the allegations after making her apology more of a joking matter than anything else.  A joke that didn’t sit well for people, in particular, was about how she is recognized as the ‘be-kind lady’. She explains, “Being known as the be-kind lady is a tricky position to be in. So let me give you some advice out there. If anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the be-kind lady. Don’t do it.”   DeGeneres explains, “The truth is, I am that person you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all that. I am a work in progress. And I am especially working on the impatience thing. And it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough. I will tell you that.”   Twitter users were unsure whether they felt her apology was sincere. Yall buying it?🤨🤨 — Zach (@zachcamacho1) September 21, 2020 Don't buy it at all. She delivered the scripted apology that I imagined she would. What about the waitress with chipped nail polish that she tried to get fired, or the autistic janitor who was fired for saying "good morning." Too many cruel incidents. #boycottellen — Terry Dockter (@terrydpirate) September 21, 2020 The million dollar opener, written and directed by public relations crisis consultants. 🤮 — Champ (@cannequity) September 21, 2020 See how forces the claps to suit her mood making jokes still at other expense will be a short series and the end to the Ellen bs 17 year train wreck — easifcukr (@easifcukr) September 21, 2020 She pushes it off the side so easy like she never knew like really? Cancel — Soos Ramirez (@SoosRamirez5) September 22, 2020 Way to dodge the blame even while “taking responsibility” it wasn’t that “things happened on your show” it was that YOU were mean and nasty to people. YOU. SPECIFICALLY 😒 — Theo Ira Kemp (@TheMaximumRed) September 21, 2020 While others came to Ellen’s defense reiterating that well no one’s perfect.  Some people think that celebrities doesn’t make mistakes, they are not God. They are human being like us. All human being has flaws and we can’t be loved by everyone. Some will talk. It takes only strong minds to apologise and she did it. Rebuild and we’re waiting for your shows. — peter N Ayadiegwu (@petcaution) September 22, 2020 Anyone else seeing this & actually want to cry? I feel so bad for her. None of us are ever perfect & we all make poor & awful decisions but we shouldn't completely assassinate someone else's good character & write them off completely. — ~lauz (@paris_rivierra) September 21, 2020 These fans defended Ellen by clapping back at negative comments. How about you just admit that she was human like the restof us and sometimes we get a distorted view about something we didn’t see ourselves or even see ourselves given the ever present biases we have.. stop pretending your prefect.. — Clyde (@LurkerClyde) September 21, 2020 U mean she had bad days and was being a boss and got on to her workers for not doing there job…Didn’t know u were perfect because u must be if I are judging her — Misty Ryan (@shihtzumom1101) September 21, 2020 While this fan, is just excited to see what Ellen has in store for her new season. You are such a strong person love you, glade for season 18 — Bonnie Lopez (@Bontheboop) September 22, 2020 Back in July, employees and people on the show shared their experience with The Ellen Show. After many people accused the show of having a hostile work environment, people on social media wanted to boycott the show and ‘cancel’ Ellen. Cancel culture has become very popular and Ellen DeGeneres was just another celebrity to be added to the list of being ‘canceled’.   The Toxic Work Environment BuzzFeedNews interviewed some of the show’s former employees and one current employee. All of the employees noted microaggressions in the workplace as well as an overall not pleasant environment.  Fingers were pointed to DeGeneres’ executive producers, Andy Lassner, Ed Galvin, Mary Connelly, for most of the toxic environment but employees believe that Ellen should take responsibility for what happens on her show.  “Some of the producers talk openly in public about addiction and mental health awareness, but they’re the reason there is a stigma. They definitely don’t practice what they preach with the ‘be kind’ mantra.” one employee told BuzzFeed News.  The employee took one-month medical leave for a suicide attempt but when the employee returned they were told that their position had been removed.   Another worker was in a car accident and had two family funerals in one year. If that isn’t hard enough they had difficulties taking time off from work with HR. After that, the former employee was fired. They had medical records and five former employees back up their story.  The former worker stating that’s what they think a toxic work environment is, “That’s the definition of a toxic work environment, where they make you feel like you’re going insane and then you’re like, no, everything I was feeling was right. It was all leading up to this.”  Many employees reported that you receive the most issues when you recognize that the work environment they create is hostile. “‘Be kind to the world. Just not your employees,” one employee commented. The Employee’s Response Former employees didn’t appreciate the apology DeGeneres gave after seemingly making light of a bad situation. “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, our traumas, into a joke, she somehow made this one about her,” a former employee told BuzzFeedNews.  This former employee was offended by her apology right from the beginning. “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?” Ed Galvin and Kevin Leman, executive producers, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired in August after another investigation from a third-party. The allegations go beyond the toxic work environment. There are also allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, intimidation, and racism.  In her apology, Ellen explains since the show has started they made the changes they need to with the show. “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace environment, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”  Do you agree with the overall response to monologue? Was it inappropriate for Ellen to make jokes in her apology? Was it enough to earn back the trust of her employees and fans?   

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2011 Occupy, 2020 Antifa or 2020 Biden Supporters – Same Message: “All My Heroes Kill Cops”…

Considering the ambush attack against Los Angeles law enforcement, just a short pictorial to remind everyone the continuum of Democrat messaging remains exactly the same. Less than a week ago, September 7, this picture was taken of a protest group in Seattle.  Notice the banner “All My Heores Kill Cops”: This is the exact same message from the 2011 “Occupy” group as they marched and rioted in Oakland, California. 2020 Seattle: 2011 Oakland:  (Reference Link) Occupy Wall Street 2011 The current far-left 2020 “Biden supporters” are the current 2020 violent Antifa activists.  Prior to being Antifa they assembled under the cause of the 2011 “Occupy” movement. Flashback to Nancy Pelosi: [embedded content] . Any questions? Share this: Like this: Like Loading...

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Race-baiting turmoil on airplane caused by woman lambasting ‘white privilege’

Black Lives Matter is a Neo-Marxist organization, but there are still millions of Americans who buy into the narrative that it’s about fighting systemic racism, police brutality, and income inequality. But even than false narrative is taking a beating with daily examples of Black Lives Matter “activists” invoking racism in an effort to supposedly fight racism. The latest viral video depicts an African-American woman on a plane lambasting, well, everyone around her. The flight attendant wanted to go to her station. The passengers wanted to get their trip going. Everyone wanted her to end her racist rant and stop insulting those around her. She claimed she wanted to go to the bathroom. Nothing was stopping her except her need to express her discontent with a society that was just too white for her liking. Racism is real. But what people like this fail to understand is their own racism towards Caucasians does not make the situation better. It drives people TOWARDS racism from every angle. She embarrassed herself by acting like an idiot and she made her message laughable and sad at the same time. This is Cultural Marxism in one of its ugliest forms. One thing is certain. This lady does not care how poorly she is perceived as she skews the intended Black Lives Matter message. She makes a clear case for everyone of every skin color to abandon the “white privilege” racist narrative immediately. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it. When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that. Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the so-called “surge” or “2nd-wave” that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $11,500 to stay afloat for the rest of 2020, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated. The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. This shouldn’t be the case as our traffic the last year has been going up dramatically. June, 2018, we had 11,678 visitors. A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above. Election year or not, coronavirus lockdowns or not, anarchic riots or not, the need for truthful journalism endures. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going. Check out the NEW NOQ Report Podcast. American Conservative Movement Join fellow patriots as we form a grassroots movement to advance the cause of conservatism. The coronavirus crisis has prompted many, even some conservatives, to promote authoritarianism. It’s understandable to some extent now, but it must not be allowed to embed itself in American life. We currently have 8000+ patriots with us in a very short time. If you are interested, please join us to receive updates.

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Racist Bette Midler attacks Melania Trump’s accent. Twitter lets her have it.

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Cowardly Black Lives Matter revolutionaries ‘protest’ police by burning down Kenosha

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Herschel Walker at Republican National Convention gives character witness to President Trump

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School assignment equates law enforcement to KKK and slave owners

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