The story behind Grudgebridge's disappearance

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Less than a month has passed since the controversial Facebook page announced its mission to take down drinking societies, yet, with an announcement yesterday that it was “shutting down” following vehement condemnation from one of its own administrators, Grudgebridge has been removed completely.

In an open public post on Grudgebridge, administrator Alfred Leigh revealed his identity and branded the popular Facebook page a “hate platform” that prevented “real problems” from finding a solution.

Leigh faced criticism from many of the Grudgebridge’s followers over the nature of his actions on Thursday evening. The page, which had enjoyed several thousand likes, was rebranded by the administrator as ‘Clickbait’, publicising his own “web-comedy” of the same name. After expressions of disapproval by Facebook users, however, the display picture was promptly edited and Leigh apologised for this being “inflammatory and of poor taste”.

The page has since been taken down from Facebook.

Leigh stated that whilst the initial intention of the controversial Facebook page to “provide a voice to those who would not have had one” was “admirable”, it was ultimately “marred” by the nature of the platform.

“The page was previously very light hearted "grudges" which soon devolved into abuse, after that it became the anti-drinking soc platform”.

“As I’ve previously said”, Leigh commented, “Grudgebridge is nonsense and should be treated as such”. He explained that his actions were “a way of reclaiming the page, planting a flag”, but re-iterated his apology to those who view his behavior as insensitive.

Speaking to the paper, Leigh questioned the ability of Grudgebridge to address the problems currently facing certain sections of the student body, contending that “it is difficult to […] describe claims [when] we don’t know how true they are”.  He went on to note that “it is a shame people haven’t been able to report things either to the university or, even in some cases, the police”

“I would like the university to look into promoting accessibility to welfare resources as well as providing the means for students to feel comfortable speaking out about these issues”

Since the time of this article being written, Grudgebridge has resurfaced.

Leigh hopes for a “strong response from the university” and has requested that the following support links be provided to students:

Breaking the Silence: https://www.breakingthesilence.cam.ac.uk

Cambridge for Consent: https://www.cambridgeforconsent.com

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre: http://cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk

Nightline: http://cambridge.nightline.ac.uk

Students’ Unions’ Advice Service: https://www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk

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