Microsoft owned messaging app GroupMe was used for a racist cyberbullying attack last week at the University of Pennsylvania. The company had removed messages and began an investigation. Several black freshman students at Pennsylvania was targeted from a GroupMe account in Oklahoma.
GroupMe allows users to send out group messages from their phones for free. “As soon as we became aware of the chats taking place on GroupMe which violated our terms of service, we took action and removed the chats,” a Microsoft rep said in an email statement Sunday night. “We’re investigating to determine which user accounts will be suspended.”
Since Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, there have been racist attacks in schools and communities, leading Trump to tell his supports on Sunday on CBS 60 Minutes to “stop it.”
UPenn officials including President Amy Gutmann said in statement on Sunday that three GroupMe users in Oklahoma were linked to the attack, one that attends the University of Oklahoma has been suspended. “Penn Police continue to work with the FBI and law enforcement in Oklahoma,” the statement said “Our hope is that the full investigation into this terrible incident will be concluded shortly.”