Category Archives: Social Networks


U. of Delaware Will Not Rehire Adjunct Who Criticized Otto Warmbier

The University of Delaware has severed its relationship with an adjunct faculty member who criticized Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who died last week after North Korea detained him for 17 months, according to a news release.

Delaware had previously denounced the remarks by Katherine A. Dettwyler, an adjunct lecturer in anthropology. In the comments section of a National Review article and on her Facebook page, Ms. Dettwyler wrote in posts that have since been removed that Mr…


Harvard Reportedly Rescinds Admissions Offers to 10 Over Facebook Posts

Harvard University has rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 prospective members of this fall’s entering freshman class after the students traded sexually explicit and other offensive graphics and messages in a private Facebook group chat, The Harvard Crimson reported.

University officials declined to comment to the newspaper about the status of the admissions offers. The Crimson based its report on interviews with students who were members of a messaging group that members of the Class of…


‘Harvard Crimson’ Site Is Hacked to Take Jabs at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

On the same day that students at Harvard University were set to graduate and hear a commencement speech by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, someone altered the home page of The Harvard Crimson to poke fun at Mr. Zuckerberg, who famously dropped out of the university to focus on the budding social-media giant.

“Op-Ed: I did not steal Fakebook [expletive] I mean Facebook I invented it in my brain by Mick Zollywop,” read one headline in a series of images making the rounds on social media.


U. of Wisconsin at Madison Restores Twitter Account After Hack

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Twitter account, @UWMadison, was hacked early Wednesday morning and published some bizarre tweets before the university regained control of it, according to a university news release.

Around 6:30 a.m., Central time, the account started tweeting messages like: “lol why go to university when u can just sit at home and fail at life and stuff.” Four rogue messages, including a link to a music video, were tweeted from the account within minutes of one another.


Twitter Campaign Urges Betsy DeVos to Make Title IX a Priority

Activists and college students are using Twitter to urge Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for education secretary, to make priorities of combating sexual assault and enforcing Title IX policy.

Ms. DeVos’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11.

Although Ms. DeVos hasn’t shared much of her plans for higher education and her background is mainly in elementary and secondary education, the activists and students fear she may change Title IX policies.

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Drexel Calls Professor’s Controversial Tweets Protected Speech

Drexel University on Thursday called a professor’s controversial social-media remarks “protected speech,” after the professor sparked an uproar online by tweeting that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, drew harsh criticism over the tweet, which he posted on Christmas Eve. He followed up the post with another that stated, “To clarify: When the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that wa…


Princeton Cancels Men’s Swimming and Diving Season Over Offensive Emails

Princeton University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the rest of the season after finding “vulgar and offensive” content on the team’s email list, according to a university news release.

Earlier this month, the university discovered emails that were described as “misogynistic and racist” and the team was suspended pending a decision about the meets left in its schedule.

Now the team will not participate in meets scheduled in January and February, and will not attend the Ivy …


U. of Oklahoma Investigates Student’s Ties to Racist Messages at Penn

The University of Oklahoma said on Friday evening that it had temporarily suspended a student while investigating whether he was involved in using a group-messaging app to send a series of racist text messages to black students at the University of Pennsylvania.

The messages — which Penn officials called “violent, racist, and thoroughly disgusting” and which included an invitation to a lynching — were sent to black freshmen at Penn though GroupMe, an app that allows users to include others in …


Racist Messages Target Black Students at U. of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is investigating what appears to be a cyberattack on its black students, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported.

The university said in a statement that black freshmen had been added to GroupMe accounts filled with racist images and messages, including an invitation to a lynching. The university said the accounts “appeared to be based in Oklahoma.” The police and information-security employees are working to pinpoint the location and to shut down the accounts.

“The accou…


Kansas State U. Denounces Former Student’s Racist Snapchat

Kansas State University has condemned a former student’s racist Snapchat that was posted to Twitter on Thursday.

The former student, Paige Shoemaker, posted a picture of herself and a friend wearing dark facial masks, with a caption that included a racial slur. Screenshots of the Snapchat post were then spread via Twitter, CNN reports.

According to a news release from the university, when the pictures were tagged on Kansas State accounts, they were immediately removed. Ms. Shoemaker is not curre…