Prosecutors Probe Gossip Site

Online rumor forum draws NJ Attorney General's attention
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 5:21 PM CDT
Prosecutors Probe Gossip Site
Andy Canales, student body president at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., who opposes the gossip site, poses for a photo on campus Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008.    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Prosecutors have hit college gossip site with subpoenas for records, the AP reports. New Jersey’s Attorney General Anne Milgram is investigating whether the site violates the Consumer Fraud Act by stating that it doesn’t tolerate offensive material but doing nothing to enforce that claim. "There's an unbelievable amount of offensive material posted and absolutely no enforcement," said Milgram.

Prosecutors have also subpoenaed Adbrite, JuicyCampus’ advertising agency, for the search terms the gossip site requested. Adbrite has apparently canceled its contract with JuicyCampus. Students across the country have joined the backlash against the site, something that doesn’t bother founder Matt Ivester: "There are always people who demand censorship," he said. "However, we believe that JuicyCampus can have a positive impact…as a place for both entertainment and free expression." (More stories.)

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