Lawsuit Focuses on 'Horrible Things' Happening on Yik Yak

Despite pressure to reform what has been variously described as its misogynist, racist and bullying nature — Yik Yak, the anonymous, localized free messaging app, remains the rage on college campuses across the country. But one lawyer, Debra S. Katz, and others who abhor what Yik Yak permits are hopeful that Ms. Katz’s formal complaint last May to the Department of Education against the University of Mary Washington over a Yik Yak-related episode — and a pending investigation by the department’s Office of Civil Rights — might signal the beginning of the end for the social media upstart that has outraged feminists, racial justice advocates and others in its relatively brief existence.