A free lesson from Harvard: Be careful what you post online; it could cost you an Ivy League education.
According to The Harvard Crimson, at least 10 Harvard-bound students recently had their admission offers revoked after posting racially charged and sexually explicit memes and messages in a private Facebook group.
Members of the Class of 2021 started a group “to share memes about pop culture.” However, this spawned a separate “dark” group in which students had to post offensive memes on the larger group’s page before being accepted into the private group, according to a member of the Class of 2021.
After finding out about the private group, the Admissions Office emailed students who had posted offending materials.
From The Crimson:
Employees in the Admissions Office emailed students who posted offensive memes in mid-April asking them to disclose every picture they sent over the group, according to one member of the chat whose admission offer was revoked.
About a week later, at least 10 members of the group received letters notifying them that their admission offers had been rescinded.
Communicators, use this as a cautionary tale about posting on the internet. Though we may not think of posting disturbing images or messages, you must exercise extreme caution when publishing anything online.
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