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Service Provides Forum for Anonymous Insults

SOCIAL NETWORKING

May 12, 2010

A new social network with more than 28 million users worldwide has become "the online version of the bathroom wall in school," The New York Times reports. In the past two months, the report states, Formspring.me has become the site of choice for thousands of middle and high school students. The site allows users to answer questions without identifying themselves--prompting many to publicize cruel responses about their appearances, friends and dating habits. According to the report, a 17-year-old soccer player from New York who had received many nasty messages on the site committed suicide in March. "There's nothing positive on there, absolutely nothing," one school counselor said, "but the kids don't seem to be able to stop reading..." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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