UCLan investigate racist twitter account

R3GxpKIJ (1)By Emmi Bowles – Online & Deputy Features Editor


The university is investigating a racially abusive Twitter user that has been targeting UCLan students.

The account @uclanexposed, which has now been removed, was attacking other students, claiming to be “exposing” information about them.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you are, I WILL find you and I will EXPOSE you” read the biography of the account.

One tweet said: “All you sluts in foster, put your hijabs back on, or do YOU want to be exposed.”

UCLan have reported the account to the police, and noted the seriousness of such an offence.

“The University takes issues such as this very seriously and as soon as we were alerted to this account it was immediately reported to Twitter,” a spokesperson said, “We are also working with Lancashire Constabulary to assist in their investigation to deal with the matter as swiftly as possible.

“If any UCLan students are involved in the UCLan Exposed Twitter account then they will be dealt with under the Regulations for the Conduct of Students policy.

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Another tweet from the account

The Students’ Union also released a statement on Facebook urging students to make sure their privacy settings don’t allow anyone to be able to see their contact information.

SU Campaigns Officer Lucy Haigh said: “I feel disgusted that a student would target other students this way.

“Although the twitter account has been removed, I think the student responsible should be held accountable for their actions and punished for what they’ve done.”

Anyone who has been attacked can contact the UCLan Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre on 01772 894880 suadvice@uclan.ac.uk

Anyone wanting to report a hate crime can also do so in confidence by emailing reporthatecrime@uclan.ac.uk.

1 Comment on UCLan investigate racist twitter account

  1. Disgusting. I missed the bulk of it, but I did notice they were mainly targeting pharmacy students? Perhaps that’s the best lead to who the vile creature is behind this.

    On a related note I do find the response time from UCLan amazing when it comes to these ‘parody accounts’. They go up and are removed no more than a day or two. Really good work by who ever is in charge of that area, looking after students welfare online.

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