Harvard University’s social media page gained more popularity than previous weeks, owing to a strange social media trend. Also, the university recently trended on Twitter.
On its Facebook page, the respected Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, stirred a buzz. The comments from people who haven’t studied there caused confusion among various social media users.
The phenomenon is not a hacker’s job, a paid ad campaign, nor a bug. It’s just the product of young Filipino netizens spamming the website of the Ivy League university.
Nobody knows why, but Filipinos have just started hijacking Harvard’s Facebook page after uploading a series of pictures featuring various university sites.
They flooded Harvard University’s Facebook posts on Tuesday. The netizens also shared the university’s posts to make it seem that they were part of the institution or even studied.
Many people commented on the posts themselves. They even tagged people who might potentially be students at Harvard. Some commented on fictional, but unbelievably funny memories they allegedly had at the prestigious Ivy League Institution. A few people who presumably haven’t studied at Harvard claimed they missed hanging out at the campus, checking for their exams, and whatnot.
In particular, Filipino netizens skipped studies and research-centered spamming posts. These include the ideological and public service projects, such as remembering the movement to give American women voting rights, and the pandemic’s impact on women scientists. Filipinos who participated in Harvard’s online “gag” went so far as to engage in comments with foreign nationals who merely commented on their views on the Harvard post.
Some foreigners bothered to ask why Filipinos pretended to be Harvard students. A few speculated the netizens got bored while the stay-at-home policy remains in place.
The phenomenon even puzzled a female Filipino student who attended Harvard for the Asian and International Relations. She said the jokes won’t be a problem if it were harmless.
The former Filipino student from Harvard got alarmed because the jokes may be uncomfortable for some of the people in the pictures.
“Nowadays people tend to be insensitive just so they could sound witty or funny in social media,” she said.
Where did it start?
Filipinos began sharing Harvard’s post about its campus, showing an image of the tree called “A quiet campus.” The netizens added their own captions. Every post soon got weirder and weirder.
Filipino social media users also spammed other Harvard posts, including its restricted dorm accommodation back-to-school amid COVID-19.
Some foreign nationals in social media challenged this strange moment. However, they received indirect responses that included lyrics from songs and native Filipino languages. But harsh comments were also targeting Filipinos. Some said Filipinos have the lowest IQ in the Southeast Asian region.
Harvard University’s Social Media Status
Harvard’s Facebook likes rose to 5.6 percent over the past week because of its engagements. The esteemed Ivy League University earned 336,000 more likes and now reached six million page likes and followers.
The four social media posts Harvard shared on Facebook received a total of 18.6 million cumulative responses, comments, and shares. This is a significant spike on the university’s Facebook page that is used only to less than 10,000 total commitments on their previous July message.