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Confessions go social!

Social media just got a new star feature, and everyone’s hooked on. It’s the new ‘confession pages’ on Facebook, which allow you to publicly post any secret without revealing your identity. The messages are first sent to page administrators who leave out the name of the sender and display the message for public viewing only with a serial number.

brunch Updated: Mar 17, 2013 09:38 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Social media just got a new star feature, and everyone’s hooked on. It’s the new ‘confession pages’ on Facebook, which allow you to publicly post any secret without revealing your identity. The messages are first sent to page administrators who leave out the name of the sender and display the message for public viewing only with a serial number.


However, these secret-spiller pages — mostly set up by students of schools and colleges — are turning the very concept of ‘confession’ on its head. While anonymity factor is a cushion for the confessor, there is no such shield for the person he or she chooses to target or name in the so-called confession.

Though most of these confession pages are at best a pin board for love messages and funny anecdotes, some are actually causing embarrassment for girls. So much so that after a daily reported that such messages are causing depression among students, the confession page of GGDSD College, Sector 32, has been deactivated.

Nimrat Narang, a student of English literature at MCM College, says, “This page has made life hell for girls. Random people name any girl and write embarrassing things. No one even knows who the page administrator is. But when I sent the admin a few threatening messages saying that I’ll report to police, some of the vulgar posts on the page were removed. The page was formed only on March 10 and already has 2,184 likes and 1428 confessions. I too initially thought that it's quite cool, but as I started following it, I realised that it’s nothing but a cheap trick. Some random person wrote, ‘I’m sexy and I know it, I’m Nimrat Narang’; I didn’t write anything!”

The last post by the administrator on the MCM confession page, till the time of filing this story, said, “Admin — i m not putting up any more confession .. stop confessing and this page will b inactive for some time .. sorry for the inconvenience caused ..”

The post was followed by comments that appreciated the deactivation. When a few asked about the reason behind the deactivation, the admin replied saying, “its done because of exam, because of all the things in newspaper.”

Parneet Sidhu, a former student of MCM, says, “I think the MCM confession page gave people a chance to attack personally and stalk into personal lives. I even warned the page administrator against it.”

Supriya Trika, page administrator of SCS (School of Communication Studies) confession page, says, “Derogatory posts are not posted. I have already made it clear on the page that the submissions will be moderated and defamatory posts will be ignored.”