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Yik Yak app explained

LAWTON, Okla._The phone app Yik Yak is relatively new, created November 2013, but it already has millions of downloads on both Android and iPhone devices.

You don't have to sign up or give any personal information away, but your location must be given in order to make or view posts made by people within a 10-mile radius.

The app's creators can, and will, block its use within range of specific schools if a formal request is made by the district. In that case, they'll use GPS mapping to locate the schools and then setup parameters that disable the app when the user is either in, or close, to the school.

Yik Yak says their app is meant to "share your thoughts and keep your privacy on Yik Yak. Download the app and check out what everyone is saying around you. No sign-up required."

Basically, users are given the ability to post without giving up a name, address, or even email.

Users, or yakkers as they're called, can vote up or down on a post, and if it gets enough down votes it will be removed from the app. They can also comment on posts.

With comments and posts being made on the app, moderators set forth rules. Users must agree to a set of rules when they download the app. They may not defame, abuse, use racially offensive language. They also agree to not incite illegal activity.

Yik Yak says they're committed to respecting users' privacy, but if the law is broken, they will share the IP address, GPS coordinates of the post, and the time and date of the post with law enforcement.

The FBI and Duncan police are coordinating with Yik Yak to get more information about the account of the teen accused of making threats towards Duncan High School.

The creators of Yik Yak also put a feature in the app that allows parents to place restrictions on smartphones of children 17 and younger to block them from downloading the app by changing the settings in their child's phone. If changing your child's settings doesn't prevent your child from using the app, there is other software out there, like Spectorsoft, which allows parents to track their kids' Internet activity.

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