While teen dating groups, both public and closed, have been common on Facebook for years, the genre has come to light this week for tragic reasons: 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was reportedly bullied by the group only weeks before her January disappearance. 1, she posted a selfie to the forum with the caption “cute or nah.” Of the 304 responses, most were overtly vicious.
That’s sparked a wave of outrage and concern from parents, educators and advocates.
Unless a user flags a post, however, it’s likely that it would never come to the site’s attention.
By Guest Blogger Amy Larson It feels like just yesterday I was wearing big hair, jelly shoes and bracelets, rolled sleeves on my jacket, and running around with boys that turned up their collars and wore football jerseys in town on the weekends.
Daily delivered to your inbox That post was the only one in the Facebook group’s final 24 hours that mentioned Lovell or the widespread media attention that the group had received in recent days.
In fact, up until the shutdown, traffic on the group page was typical, with more than 100 posts in the past day.
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