‘Anonymous’ school threats leave trail of clues

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SAN DIEGO – A couple of threats made using popular social media app Yik Yak brought fear to San Diego school campuses Thursday.

A threatening message was reported at Torrey Pines High School Thursday around 11 a.m. prompting a lockdown. Hours later, Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley was locked down after receiving reports of a similar message. Police told Fox5 that both messages were sent through social media, including Yik Yak.

The social media app promises anonymity when posting, but a software developer said privacy is only screen-deep, 13Now reported.

Yik Yak users do not have to create a screen name, post a profile picture or sign up with an email address in order to share messages.

Yik Yak’s privacy statement warns their program automatically collects a phone’s device ID, application ID and IP address. Yik Yak also collects the location where a post was made.

Its social media policy is to provide any information it has about the user if ordered by the courts or if asked to take action regarding illegal activity.

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