Twitter confession sites are dishing out dirty secretsFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Did you ever have a secret about someone that you wanted to share anonymously? Now you can, on social media.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Did you ever have a secret about someone that you wanted to share anonymously? Now you can, on social media.
Twitter confession sites for colleges and high schools across the country are popping up daily, dishing out some dirty secrets and drawing thousands of tweets and followers from students in our own communities.
The tweets coming up on these confession sites are quite shocking. This story does contain some graphic descriptions from students at MSUM.
We spoke with them earlier today, all have been targets of these anonymous posts.
Kamie Roesler - MSUM Junior: "Oh who is good looking? Who is popular?"
Don't look now, but with a simple click the popularity contest has made its way to social media.
Shannon Deutsch - MSUM Sophomore: "I think a lot of people are into it and think it's funny. I mean, I follow them."
They're called confession sites, and created for schools on Twitter. MSUM has several, along with NDSU.
Kami Roesler: "It's just entertainment, another form of entertainment."
The way it works...
Brian Ashburn - MSUM Junior: "It's just another way to bully people because it's anonymous so you can post hateful things and nobody has anyway of stopping it or knowing who did it."
What's even more alarming, Is these anonymous posts often single out specific people by name.
Brian Ashburn: "That they wanted to climb me like a tree or something."
Kami Roesler: "They said something about me being a busty beauty."
Some tweets so inappropriate that we had to blur them out.
Kami Roesler: "It was probably kind of bad I guess, they were like 'the things I'd do to her...'"
All coming from the hands of someone impossible to track down.
Brian Ashburn: "It's weird there are people you don't even know posting about you."
A simple tweet posted in seconds, that leaves a lasting impact online.
Brian Ashburn: "A lot of the stuff is really inappropriate and offensive, so it's sort of a poor representation of our university or campus life."
Some schools' sites like West Fargo High School and Crookston High were so bad that Twitter removed them.
Crookston even sent out an email warning parents to look out and report students' use.