Facebook page Spotted Wells accused of allowing false accusation posts
Billed as a chance to “tell that person how you feel”, a Facebook page has been accused of allowing people to anonymously post false accusations.
Spotted Wells has been seen by more than 3,500 people since launching on February 5, with more than 2,500 people subscribing to the page.
It asks people to write to them if you are “Getting annoyed with someone? Message us your rants or love messages. 100 per cent anonymous.”
If you send a message to the site the anonymous administrators will post it for you.
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Most messages are people airing the feelings about traffic lights or dog mess, however some are personal attacks or incorrect statements about businesses in Wells.
An example of this was a post which accused the Bishop’s Palace of “completely failing your environmental health visit”, when the opposite had been the case.
Sarah Moore, the palace’s visitor services manager, responded on the site by saying: “Last week we received a five rating from the Environmental Health Authority and Mendip District Council, the highest you can get.
“We have a sign in the cafe window and a certificate stating our outstanding hygiene rating and we are very proud of this. Please can you think before posting such inflammatory and appallingly incorrect statements about the Bishop's Palace.
“We pride ourselves on building business in Wells and Somerset and developing really exciting and beneficial community work and events for local residents and our visitors from further afield in the UK and the rest of the world. We do not tolerate others posting incorrect, verging on slanderous, statements.”
Ms Moore has told the Journal that the palace has spoken to its lawyers about the matter.
Despite this, the number of Likes the page has increased daily with its fans often posting messages praising the site.
Sean Fountain, waiving the site’s usual anonymity, said: “You’re like the Batman of Facebook. You conceal your identity. You work to make our city a better place and you’re a hero of the people. You probably even operate from inside your own underground lair and have a stereotypical butler called Alfred. So yeah, keep up the good work.”
What do you think about Spotted Wells? Is it a bit of harmless fun or is it damaging to the city’s reputation? Send your views to Editor, Wells Journal, Southover, Wells, BA5 1UH or email email@example.com.