POSTED Wednesday, May 8, 2013 --- 11:30 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin
Outrage over a Facebook page posting photos of middle school students made to look like pornography ads caused its takedown this week.
The "Teenage Brazzers" site featured photos taken from student Facebook profile pages. Brazzers is an online pornography site, and editors used its logo to make innocuous pictures seem like ads for the site. Those who visited the page tell NBC 15 the uploads used logo placement to make girls look nude, added genitalia and rape references.
A viral and vicious debate surrounding the site started Monday on the The Baraboo Views Facebook page. On Monday the page administrator, who wishes to remain anonymous, posted about the Brazzers page. Nearly 400 subsequent comments pit parents against students in a debate over whether the edits amount to abuse or if it should be expected when kids post pictures online.
The Views administrator tells NBC 15 the thread drew more than 6,000 views and resulting activism may have contributed to Facebook's removal of the page, which comments indicate may have existed since 2012.
"I've had girls that I just knew their names messaging me on Facebook about how they're crying, and how they're getting messages from other people asking to hook up," said Baraboo 8th Grade Student Amanda Wheeler. She voiced her disgust on the Teenage Brazzers page. An administrator responded by adding an offensive edited photo of Wheeler to the page.
Although the page was removed from Facebook, NBC 15 was still able to find copies of some of the edits on other online forums.