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So, with a big test coming up tonight, I wasn’t planning on doing any posts at all today. But news waits for no man and the start-up of a new blog yesterday may be causing quite a stir in the UCT community soon.
Around 11:00 last night, a blog called UCT exposed (link here) was launched. A Facebook page, with over 200 followers already in tow, has also been launched. The blog is basically a forum for revealing personal information, spreading hate speech and starting rumours about UCT students. The blog is run by a John Smith, but some quick Facebook detective work reveals that this may be a fake name (further investigation is welcome).
Facebook page, UCT confessions, also deals in secret revealing but posts are anonymous and posted by the confessor. UCT exposed will not be the same:
This blog entitles people to post hurtful information (rumours, basically) to their hearts content, whether true or not. So far, 3 people have been slandered on the site: a doctoral student who may be racist, a hate post on a student’s appearance and, possibly worst of all, the exposure of an excluded student’s grades. A fourth post, called ‘DAYUUM! Top 4 UCT Stud Muffins to Drool Over’, includes some (possibly stalkerish) pictures of male UCT students including a mention that one may be in trouble with the law. From reading the posts, it’s clear that these are all matters of opinion and that any ‘factual’ information posted may be faked (many sites and apps allow this e.g. fakebookstatus.com).
The question I would like answered is: what will UCT management be doing about this? Or better yet, does UCT management even know about this? UCT confession is known for being less than savoury at times, but confessions are by consent and anonymous. UCT exposed is nothing more than a disregard for people’s right to privacy (already something which we have less of each day), and a forum to slander people and spread hate. There is also no doubt that if this site is allowed to continue, it may be a huge knock to UCT’s reputation. Only yesterday, a Sunday Times article announced UCT’s position as the only African university in the top 200 universities of the world (UCT ranks 145, over 150 places from the next African university).
For now, we the best we can do is avoid the site and discourage its use. If you’ve seen the site, please comment and let the Cheshire Cat know what you think!