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GLC embargos use of its name on social media without prior approval

GLC gets student confessions page removed
GLC gets student confessions page removed

GLC Mumbai has put a blanket ban on unapproved use of its name by its students on social media, after ordering the take down of one such page against which it had received complaints, reported the Times of India and others.

The “GLC Mumbai Confessions Page” on social network Instagram was taken down by the page administrators after GLC principal Suvarna Keole issued the following notice, reported DNA:

It has come to the notice of the college administration that there is a ‘GLC Mumbai Confession Page’. The admin of this group is hereby instructed to remove the page from Instagram with immediate effect. [failure to do so will meet with strict action as per law]. All students of the college are hereby warned against using the name GLC on any social media platform like Facebook or Instagram without the prior approval of college authorities, failing which strict disciplinary action will be initiated

The notice was issued on Monday, according to the Mumbai Mirror.

The page had reportedly published anonymous posts on students’ love interests, crushes, complaints about the college or inefficient committee members, a former student told TOI. A GLC official told TOI that some students had complained to them about posts on the page and that the administration was stunned to see certain kinds of posts on the page such as a boy seeking information on the relationship status of another boy who he found good looking.

The official said that the college had apprehensions about the effect of the posts on students mental health.

Anonymous “confession pages” for various institutes, administered on social media by its students, are a common informal interaction practice for several national law universities such as Nalsar Hyderabad on Facebook (Kya Aap Nalsarite Hain), NLSIU Bangalore on Facebook (NLS Confessions), a common confessions page on Facebook for various NLUs (Law School Confessions) among others.

Such pages have existed for several years without attracting a ban but with the increasing incidences of student suicides recently, law school administrations may be moving toward tighter controls on student interactions.

On the other hand, GLC may have been more worried about students going to town on social media about the many administrative and political problems that have been plaguing the institution.

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