Last week, the gossip blog UCT Exposed experienced its 15 minutes in the limelight when it caused uproar amongst UCT students. People took to various social media sites to protest the site, apparently resulting in the blog shutting down and removing its Facebook page. However, the shutdown was short lived, when a Twitter account linked to the blog reported that the blog would be back.
(click to enlarge)(From iolNews, link here)
And as promised, the blog is once again up and running, with the Facebook page and a Twitter account in tow. New posts have been put up already on both the blog (link here) and Facebook page (UPDATE 17/09: the blog has once again been blocked and the Facebook page is down). And the site bloggers have issued a challenge to all those that would like the blog to be shut down permanently (click to enlarge):
Despite the public outcry against the blog, it appears that UCT is on two sides regarding the blog. The Facebook page now has over 600 followers and some blog posts have received over a half a million views.
However, some intrepid students decided to do some IT detective work and managed to track down a possible suspect involved in the blog. The Cheshire Cat applauds these students for their efforts in trying to put a face to the culprits. At present, these accusations have not been confirmed by UCT management so the Cheshire Cat will not be posting any names yet (Check out the investigation report here for names).
While UCT management have not made an official public statement regarding the blog, they have promised to look into each individual case brought before the university (naturally, provided that you have the evidence to back up the claim). The Cheshire Cat thinks this is all a little too “sweep it under the rug”-like. It may be time for the university to realise this problem isn’t just going to disappear.
For now, the best we can do is to make sure that we update our security and privacy settings on any social media or other internet accounts we make use of. Don’t allow yourself to be a target. The Cheshire Cat will be keeping an eye on developments and keep you up to date.