Sometimes mean comments can really ruin your day. In the wake of the Milo Yiannopolous disaster, more than 7,000 people decided to ruin DePaul University’s Fourth of July weekend by stomping the university’s median Facebook rating to an abysmal 1.1.
The university has removed all public user ratings from their Facebook page after the college was hit with a wave of one-star reviews following [Milo’s visit] in May.
…The college was hit with over 7,000 one-star ratings. The reviews, which heavily outnumbered all positive ratings, meant that the college received a median rating of just 1.1 stars, the lowest possible. Now, all sign of the entire reviews and ratings section has vanished on the Facebook page, with attempts to access the previous section’s URL returning a 404 error message.
DePaul University’s administration has had ample opportunities to dissolve this Milo scandal and has botched each chance. Let’s take a look at their timeline of folly, from the hilarious to the wall-punchingly infuriating:
May 24: DePaul security refuses to take control of Republican-sponsored Milo event after Black Lives Matter protestors hijack Milo presentation.
May 25: Former president Rev. Holtschneider offered up a backhanded apology to campus Republicans, not Milo a few days later.
June 2: Holtschnieder apologizes to the protestors for apologizing to republicans, saying DePaul “needs to be better.”
July 2 – 4: Administration shuts down their Facebook five-star-rating system because people are mean.
I’m guilty of editing some statuses and tweets that either fall flat or ruffle one too many feathers, so the prospect of deleting mean comments and reviews is not strange concept to me. Accordingly, I ventured over to DePaul’s Facebook page and tried to leave a well-researched, heartfelt review, only to be met with this 404 page:
This is a Clinton level cover-up. Instead of either doubling down on their perplexing decision making, or groveling back and apologizing to the Democratic students like old times, they just go Jon Taffer on the situation and shut the whole thing down.
Unfortunately, DePaul’s moderators didn’t shut down their Facebook Page’s Visitor Post segment, and commenters are beginning to flood it with inflammatory postings in reference to DePaul’s handling of Milo’s presentation, the awful fallout and this most recent, ill-calculated and bizarre move.
DePaul has dropped the ball yet again. At this point, it may have no other recourse than to delete its account..
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