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PostSecret.com Latest Victim Of CyberBullying, Pulls App

It appears that the problem of online bullies isn’t limited to school mates any longer. Frank Warren, founder of the popular Post Secret Blog, was forced to shut down the wildly popular Postsecret App after just 5 short months. The reason? Abusive posts.

The Postsecret App allowed for the taking of photos and the ability to upload a 140 character secret to the site’s mobile community anonymously. And although complete anonymity has been the key to the success of both the blog and app, it also spelled the latter’s downfall, with some users using the app to post inappropriate content.

Warren remarked on his blog recently that “99 percent of the secrets created were in the spirit of PostSecret. Unfortunately, the scale of secrets was so large that even 1 percent of bad content was overwhelming for our dedicated team of volunteer moderators who worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week removing content that was not just pornographic but also gruesome and at times threatening.”

In addition to malicious posts being made toward other Postsecret mobile community members, Warren also received threats to his family and team of moderators. User complaints to Postsecret, Apple and the FBI caused Warren and his team to attempt to find new solutions to screening incoming secrets. But in the end, removing the app was the only solution.

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