News | 1 year ago

UCD have issued their findings after a probe into the widely reported 'revenge porn' Facebook page.

In an email to the student body, the University's Deputy President and Registrar, Professor Mark Rogers, wrote that there was 'no first hand evidence for the allegations and that the report was entirely based on anonymous hearsay on Yik Yak.'

In a lengthy communication - which we publish in full below - Professor Rogers announced several findings of the University's report.

These include...

  • The person who made the allegations to The College Tribune was basing their claims on hearsay, having come across the information about the rumoured Facebook page on Yik Yak. 'The claims,' say the University, 'in the article have been fully investigated and have been found to be unsubstantiated.'
  • No student came forward looking for support having been depicted in the alleged Facebook group.
  • Rogers notes that, 'on the matter of the existence of the alleged private Facebook groupchat with as many as 200 members, the investigation found no evidence of the existence of such a group where UCD students were posting nude photographs of female students and then rating them.'
  • While he spoke to several students who had read rumours of the group on Yik Yak, he spoke to no students with first hand knowledge of such a group.
  • An amateur photograph of a model posing in a bikini was posted to the Ag Science Facebook page on 30 November 2015, taken from a publicly accessible site in the UK. It was not removed until 4 January 2016.
  • Nothing found in the investigation merits referral to the Gardaí.

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Here is the email circulated to students in full...
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