Colleges Fight Back Against Anonymous Gossip Sites

Vicious? Yes. Cowardly? Ditto. Legal? Ay, there's the rub. How colleges are dealing with the trend

Illustration by Julie Teninbaum for TIME

So here's what free speech has come to on campus: "Name the freshman sluts!" an anonymous post demands on the Indiana University page of a multischool gossip site. So-and-so "has herpes!" proclaims an unsigned post on Texas Christian University's page. Among the profundities on the University of Alabama page: "Frats = fags."

Horny guys, lowbrow debates and run-of-the-mill spam all seem to be in abundant supply on (the acronym stands for Anonymous Confession Board). But what sets this site — and others like it — apart from the coarse commentary found on YouTube or, for that matter, a...

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