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Montevideo American-News
  • Dirt, anonymity, animus and the digital The toxic cocktail of cyber civil unrest that is the Montevideo Secrets facebook page.

  • At Monday night’s City Council meeting, an unscheduled presenter publicly spoke against the Montevideo Secrets facebook page. In existence since June 15th and open for public viewing, the page is administered anonymously. In the about section there reads instructions on getting something posted - “Submit a secret ...
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  • At Monday night’s City Council meeting, an unscheduled presenter publicly spoke against the Montevideo Secrets facebook page. In existence since June 15th and open for public viewing, the page is administered anonymously. In the about section there reads instructions on getting something posted - “Submit a secret by clicking the link (the link is offered below) to the website. All secrets are submitted anonymously for anyone to partake.” If a post includes a name, the initial of the first and last name is shown with the rest of the letters censored by stars. The amount of stars apparently reflect the number of letters in each name.
     
    Other virtual depositories for candidness, like Postsecret - a site in which anonymous online postcards without any other names detail something a person doesn't want to say aloud - have the elements of a confessional. If you have something to say about yourself, without naming anyone else, places like Postsecret are benign online venues. Montevideo Secrets, by contrast, has evolved into a mudslinging arena. All who enter are inevitably smeared. Character assassinations turn into kamikazes; everyone burns.
     
    The News hasn’t spoken or reached out to the page’s proprietor(s) because of the aforementioned no-sum gain. Observing the page, though, a clear mutation from a goofy place for people to divulge information about themselves to one drenched in tawdry fomentation develops. The page’s unknown arbiter seems to have some standards, but if they shift or what they are based on is unknown. The same person that spoke out to City Council, Corina Kells, also personally contacted the page owner pleading for the consideration of disallowing posts attacking the reputation or character of others. In the email response back the mystery person/cotiere referred to those that monitor the page as “we” and attempted to assure Kells that potentially harmful or damaging posts are not put on the page and that “everything else is just here-say for the entertainment.”
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