What Is College ACB?

College ACB is a website designed to provide students with a place where they can anonymously post comments and questions about different aspects of campus life. But critics of the online forum have suggested that the site is little more than a virtual rumor mill where people deliberately lie about or discredit others.

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An 'Anonymous Confession Board'

College ACB, begun in 2008, was established in response to a legitimate concern in the overall loss of individual privacy. With the rise of social networking websites and other online tools that spread personal information throughout the virtual universe, anyone can find out a lot about us with a simple Google search. This form of cyber sleuthing is ubiquitous in our culture, including on the part of companies screening job applicants.

With the stakes so high, protecting one's online reputation is crucially important. The developers of College ACB, believing this anxiety leads to self-censorship, felt the need for a forum where students could be honest about their campus experiences without fear of reprisal. Students across the country agreed, a fact demonstrated by recent figures showing that College ACB has about 400,000 unique visitors each month.

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Success Comes with Controversy

Despite the success represented by its high traffic numbers, College ACB's virtual existence has not been totally charmed. Many university staff members, students and parents have criticized the site. They suggest that the anonymous message boards are used largely to smear or humiliate members of the campus community. Some schools have banned the site from university networks, and growing numbers of students and their families are threatening to sue for defamation.

Following this controversy, the operation of College ACB has recently changed hands. Peter Frank, a Wesleyan University student, sold the website to an individual who won't reveal his identity. The new person behind the College ACB did, though, recently participate in an email chat interview with Inside Higher Ed, suggesting that he wanted to 'push the culture of the site in a more positive and productive direction.'

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Improvements Targeted

What a change in ownership will mean for College ACB remains to be seen. The new owner has revealed plans for fundamental adjustments that may help to elevate the level of discussion at the site. This person suggests, for example, that programming features might be used to identify hateful speech and prevent it from appearing on the site: 'We think we can develop tools that will highlight the good and decrease the bad.'

Meanwhile, detractors continue to target College ACB for what they view as injurious and libelous material on the forum. The owner claims the site is looking for this kind of critical feedback from people who are concerned about what they see posted. 'We hope people will . . . tell us how to make this better. . . . We're asking for criticism.'

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