Juicy Campus: One Down, Too Many More to Go
Today, Juicy Campus shut its virtual doors. The good news: that site will no longer host anonymous postings that terrorize individuals with vile threats. It will no longer feature posts that disclose women’s home addresses with instructions that they are available for sex. It will no longer feature postings that jeopardize reputations with defamatory lies and embarassing personal information. The bad news: Juicy Campus is but a small (but notorious) player in a crowded (and odious) outfield. Anyone who thinks that its closing heralds the demise of anonymous gossip sites and cyber harassment more generally is sadly mistaken. Online harassment (especially of women) is pervasive in our networked environment. Approximately 40% of female Internet users have experienced cyber harassment. Although the tough economy cost Juicy Campus its online ad revenue and financial support, it did not dampen the appetite for such destructive behavior. Indeed, one might imagine that job lay offs and light wallets would fuel dissatisfaction and the desire to abuse others online. Unfortunately, eradicating cyber harassment will take much more than shuttering Juicy Campus and their ilk.