Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Harvard rescinded admissions of at least ten students after learning of offensive memes


Harvard rescinded admissions of at least ten students after learning of offensive posts they had made on Facebook.  The posts appeared in a “private group” created under members of the class of 2021.  Some of the offensive material included making fun of the Holocaust, of crimes against children and ethnic cleansing.



NBC News has a video report here.

The fact that the group was private shows a counterexample – using privacy settings as recommended doesn’t necessarily protect you satisfactorily from otherwise dangerous exposure to posts as others spread them.  How often has Dr, Phil warned against this?  ("Internet mistakes").

CNN has a similar story here .

The Harvard Crimson has an article here.

Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in February 2004 while a sophomore at Harvard and living in a communal dorm. I think Zuckerberg would have known about the controversy over “don’t ask don’t tell” because of the issue of military recruiters on campus during his freshman year.

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