A “bullying” and “cowardly” Facebook page insulting Selkirk townsfolk is now deleted, but the abuse continues for Hawick, Gala and Coldstream.
Nationwide Spotted sites let anonymous trolls, in their own words, “banter” cruel gossip and sexual obscenities about local people, leading others to call them “a playground for bullies”.
Alarmingly, Spotted: Galashiels invites: “Someone made you angry today? Need to express your feelings but your [sic] too scared? Think someone is good looking? Just send us a message and we will post your message, No-one will know it is you.”
Gala’s first Spotted page closed down after a post called a 12-year-old girl a “slut”, causing a backlash from disgusted users.
A victim of the online abuse described Selkirk’s page as “horrible” and “nasty”, and “cowardly because they’re anonymous”.
Coldstream’s page asks: “Have you seen a fit bird? a tramp? Send us all your confessions to us and they may get up here,” and its instigator, Admin, at least set down “rules”: “No names, No racism, No bullying and No licence plate number”.
But Admin’s pleas, “This page is for fun!”, went unheeded as misogyny, cruelty and even “racism” from Admin itself ran riot.
“How sad is your life mate?”, a post fought back, while Admin took steps to ensure “nobody knows who actually runs [the page]”.
Selkirk and St Boswells reported their sites to Facebook, but the crux is these unedited pages are impossible to monitor 24/7.