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Facebook Shuts Down Penn State White Student Union Page

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):

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Similar pages have popped up at more than 30 universities this weekend and drawn criticism from university officials.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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