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By early March, there were more members of the Harvard meme group than Harvard undergraduate students.The group now has nearly 30,000 members — including “pharmabro” Martin Shkreli, the former Turing Pharmaceuticals executive who became known as “Pharma Bro” after he dramatically boosted the price of a drug.The university’s decision to rescind the students’ acceptance to Harvard underscores the dangers of social media posts — public or private — among prospective college students.According to Kaplan Test Prep, which surveyed more than 350 college admissions officers, 35 percent of admissions officers said they check social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about applicants.
The Harvard College Class of 2021 official Facebook group — like similar groups for incoming students at other universities — allows admitted students to meet classmates, ask questions and prepare for their first semester.“Harvard should not teach students to turn on each other for speech.” This was not the first time Harvard administrators addressed controversial messages exchanged among incoming students.Last year, after connecting on the university’s official Facebook page for the Class of 2020, incoming students joined a private unofficial chat on the Group Me messaging app.The repercussions spurred both praise and criticism from Harvard students, alumni and others at a time when university campuses across the country are in the midst of clashes over free speech.
Some felt the decision was justified, while others expressed a belief that admissions officers crossed a line by judging students for their private conversations.
Facebook on Monday officially launched what it says is the most-requested feature: group video chat.