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Apr182011

Colleges Crack Down on Controversial Gossip Website

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Popular college gossip website CollegeACB.com is drawing scrutiny from universities nationwide. The site serves as the largest college anonymous confession board in the world and allows students to post anything they want about their campuses and classmates.

At Drew University this past semester, a 19-year-old freshman was devastated when she saw her name listed under a "fattest people on campus" blog post. After telling her parents, the family attempted to have the post removed, even filing a complaint with the state attorney general.

Colleges now say they're cracking down on CollegeACB.

At Creighton University, in Omaha, Neb., a special committee made up of students, faculty, staff and school vice presidents voted to block the website on their campus server.

"Unlike Facebook and MySpace, we realized this was nasty and wasn't a blog for meaningful conversation," Creighton media relations coordinator Cindy Workman told ABC News.

Workman says Creighton followed schools such at Pepperdine and Tulane, who also blocked CollegeACB from their servers.

CollegeACB.com, which stands for College Anonymous Community Boards, was created in 2008 by two Wesleyan and Johns Hopkins students. At the same time, a similar gossip site called JuicyCampus.com was shut down. JuicyCampus's owners then redirected their website's traffic to CollegeACB.

Popular subjects include "scumbags on campus" and "best sorority girls to sleep with." There are even categories that ask for fake IDs and the "best places to buy drugs."

With over 20 million monthly views and 400,000 visitors per month, the site hosts approximately 500 universities nationwide.

The homepage reads that in the coming months it will allow users to highlight content they like, give users the power to remove content, and "push the culture of the site in a more positive and productive direction." No word yet on when the changes will debut.

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