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In new social networks, anonymity is all the rage

Published on Mar 30, 2014 10:05 AM
 
Apps allowing people to communicate anonymously are growing rapidly in popularity. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - When mobile social app Yik Yak swept into Auburn University, some of the coolest kids were quick to start posting on it.

But no one knows who is saying what because the comments are anonymous.

"It spread pretty fast," says Nickolaus Hines, a junior at the school in the US state of Alabama.

"The majority of things are jokes or things which are obviously funny," said the 21-year-old. But "some ... are pretty mean."

 
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