Facebook shut down a page purporting to represent a “Penn State White Student Union” — although the university claims the page wasn’t affiliated with anyone at Penn State. The page was removed simultaneous with a university request. We would have missed this entirely if it wasn’t for a university statement released today, which called the page “disturbing and uncivil.”
Here’s Penn State’s statement in full:
Over the last several days, dozens of “White Student Union” pages sprouted on Facebook claiming to be affiliated with various universities, including Penn State.
The University was alerted over the weekend of this page using Penn State’s name and athletic logo. We were in the process of requesting that Facebook take the site down, when it was removed from the site. This page had no affiliation with our University and we found it disturbing and uncivil. We will be watching closely to ensure that the page does not resurface in another form.
Here’s a screenshot of the page’s mission statement (via Twitter):