Berkeley tries to Stop Students from Using Popular Gossip Board

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On July 19, the Director of Berkeley’s Office of Marketing and Business Outreach, Maria Rubinshteyn, sent a notice to popular college gossip site, http://www.blipdar.com, demanding the removal of the Berkeley from the website. blipdar.com hosts discussion boards for over 500 colleges where students can communicate anonymously with one another about all aspects of college life. It receives more than 200 million page views and 2 million unique visitors per year.

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In the letter to blipdar.com, Ms. Rubinshteyn claims that blipdar.com, “serves as a vehicle for cyber bullying, hate speech and harassment,” and that blipdar.com, “appears to be an attempt to trade on the good will and reputation of the University.” She adds, further, that “[t]he Regents will take all necessary steps to protect its intellectual property and reputation”.

The full letter from Ms. Rubinshteyn can be found here

According to blipdar.com’s Frequently Asked Questions page, “We consider personal attacks vandalism of our property. Although such attacks are almost never illegal, we do not approve of them and wish they would stop. At the same time, we would be concerned if they ever did stop. We want people to be authentic and sometimes people are authentically mean. We respect your right to be offensive, but we would rather you discuss offensive ideas (like being attracted to your cousin) than attack other people.”

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