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Campus-gossip websites are back

September 3, 2009

Spawns of the JuicyCampus website, which shut down earlier this year, are planning back-to-school marketing efforts and are likely to create challenges for university administrators this academic year.

  • Campus Gossip boasts campus-specific message boards for hundreds of colleges and encourages anonymous and racy barbs
  • CollegeACB (the letters stand for Anonymous Confession Board), paid the defunct JuicyCampus $10,000 to redirect visitors from its Web address to CollegeACB

JuicyCampus encouraged students to talk trash about their peers in an anonymous forum. 

  • a few students sued
  • several student governments passed resolutions condemning the site
  • at least two colleges blocked campus access to it
  • attorneys general in two states opened investigations into its business practices

Legal scholars argue that the only effective way to keep such forums from emerging is to amend federal communication laws — though doing so would raise tricky free-speech issues.

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Read the full story from the Chronicle of Higher Education.