I hope this leaflet finds you in good shape (or at least not too bad). As history repeats itself, another anonymous messaging app is flooding your social media feeds — and renewing concerns about online bullying. I’m Jordan Parker Erb, and I’ll explain it all below.
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1. The popularity of a new anonymous messaging app is booming. NGL (short for “Not Gonna Lie”), a platform for teens to send and receive anonymous messages, has racked up millions of downloads in the past few weeks. We’ve seen this type of app before – and it never ends well.
- NGL’s predecessors, Ask.fm, Yik Yak, Yolo and LMK, have been criticized for facilitating cyberbullying and harassment. The last three are all closed, although Yik Yak . is closed Live last fall.
- Although the website asserts that it algorithmically excludes “harmful language and bullying”, NBC News found Some inappropriate phrases crept through the gaps.
- However, anonymous apps have an almost irresistible appeal for younger users: “I guess there’s a bit of ego — I think someone might want to share something with you anonymously,” one of the people who used NGL told me.
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7. After getting a job at Google through Craigslist, this employee became one of its top engineers. Michael Wiacek spent 13 years at Google, and became one of the handful of principals – the highest-ranking software engineers – at the company. He shares the biggest lessons he learned at Google.
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