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UCC to contact Facebook over “birds” page

A page that posts Facebook photos of college students has been roundly criticised by students groups.

Image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Wikimedia Commons

A FACEBOOK PAGE that features pictures of UCC students has caused outrage among college administration and students.

UCC says that it will contact Facebook directly in an attempt to get the “UCC Bird of The Day” page shut down.

The page features the Facebook pictures of girls from the college and has been sharply criticised as sexist and cyberbullying.

Another page, “UCC Cocks of the Day” promises to do the same for the men of the college, but has yet to post.

Student Welfare Officer at the university Dave Berry says students groups have been in contact over the page, which was established on 25 October and has attracted over 11,000 likes.

“Students groups and societies have come together to complain about these pages. Students are reacting against these pages.

“The worrying thing is that students who have talked up against the page, or even our own staff, have been ridiculed or bullied afterwards.”

Berry says that the college has been able to act because the pages are using the university name.

“These pages are using the UCC name inappropriately and we don’t condone anyone using the name without permission – especially for pages like this.

“Any student found  to be bullying on these pages will be subject to disciplinary action.”

Berry says that students need to be aware of the impact on reputation and future prospects that social media could have.

He added that the Students Union was launching a new campaign to tackle cyberbullying.

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