Editorial: Free speech foray disappoints

A Twitter account that provided a forum for so-called crushes in the UPJ community quickly developed into a place where some participants could reveal raunchy and inappropriate commentary on community members.

“@UPJ_Crushes”, an anonymous Twitter account where UPJ students were to submit their secret crushes to a website, quickly became a popular sensation for college students to read and post remarks about their peers.

Students who saw their name in a UPJ Crush tweet said that, although they were flattered, they felt bad for others who may have been offended by the more personal tweets.

The account was deactivated March 24, after being in existence for less than a week, gaining over 500 followers and producing over 1,000 tweets.

Clearly, a substantial portion of our community wanted to talk and read about crushes.

University administrators had nothing to do with the deletion of the account, according to Academic Affairs Vice President Paul Newman.

Newman also said Pitt-Johnstown’s name being associated with the account could’ve possibly been damaging to the university’s reputation as a whole.

The question remains, is it possible for a community, primarily students, to maintain an account like this one without posting inappropriate comments? Many may think the answer is no.

When people are given a substantial amount of freedom on the internet, they may not worry about the consequences for their actions, since the site was not monitored.

Some may wonder why the person responsible for the account wasn’t screening or monitoring the tweets more carefully before reposting them.

Another student said, if given time, the graphic tweets would’ve died off on their own.

Ultimately, it is disappointing that, when given the power of freedom of speech, community members cannot help but share offensive comments that should be kept private, therefore possibly bashing the university’s name.