How Far Can One Anonymous App Go?

A Story about the After School App

BY CHAZ WRIGHT

Imagine what fun can you have with an app that you’re able to post anything you’d like, without anyone knowing who you are. Then again, you need to think of all the things that can go wrong with an app that posts anonymously for your peers to see.

After School has been released before on the App Store and Google Play Store, but has been suspended. Both companies have reached out to the creators and negotiated with them to create a “report” button for cyberbullying. Until that happened, it had been taken offline from both stores. Recently it has been rereleased on both app stores.

There are around 24,000 public schools in the United States and at least 15,000 of these schools have students using the app, linking it with their high school.

Here at Fort Thomas High School the After School app has been taking up momentum as students are amazed of what is said on it. It’s a place where our peers can say anything they want, without anyone knowing who they truly are.

Students now read what is said at their school, but they look over their shoulder in class, only imagining who the anonymous writer is. Even more people stand in the halls gossiping of who wrote these posts for everyone to see, so their curious mind can be put to rest.

The question that most people seek is if the app is real or not. The creators of the app have said before that it is not them who post, but the creative students who attend their schools.

They strictly encourage their users to not cyberbully, but to reveal their school in ways they never thought they could.

This article was originally published on Medium. You can follow all of Chaz Wright’s posts on Medium.

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