Threats to founders of online Grapevine

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The creators of an anonymous online messaging page say they will not be deterred by threats towards them.

The Aylesbury Grapevine was set up less than two weeks ago to let users post messages about people they fancied or wanted to mention anonymously.

The Facebook page has more than 3,000 likes, but there have been some negative reactions.

One of the half dozen people behind the group, Helen, said: “People have been asking us who said posts and we can’t tell them. They start getting an attitude and saying things like ‘we’re going to find out who you are and you’re going to be sorry’.

“We’re not put off. The light-hearted stuff far outweighs the abuse side of it.”

The founders got the idea from a friend in Cardiff and wanted it to be as simple as the old Bucks Advertiser grapevine.

If is continues to grow they may be able to make money from advertising or sell it to a management company. New innovations are also being planned, such as the possible introduction of photo posts.

However, administrators have to be careful about what posts they make public because of the potential for bullying.

Helen said: “Some messages don’t mean anything to us but to who it’s posted about it could be the most obvious thing in the world. You just have to use your common sense.”

The group is at www.facebook.com/TheAylesburyGrapevine