Breaking News: Jessie Walkup threatens suicide on her personal Facebook page. The police in her hometown have been informed and are responding to the situation. Updates forthcoming…
The Texas woman first heard about Jessie Walkup’s Facebook hate page, entitled ‘Weight Weekly’, through a friend. The hate page, as we first blogged about here, has been focused exclusively on attacking 23 year-old Kentucky resident Jessie Walkup based on her status as a plus-sized woman.
Shannon, who had struggled with her own weight issues in the past, wanted to do something to help someone she felt was an innocent victim of hate. Affiliated with Guardians of the Children, a national group that helps survivors of child abuse, Shannon claims she inspired hundreds of people to become involved in a grassroots campaign to force Facebook to take down the hate-filled site.
Outraged on behalf of Jessie, Shannon emailed Facebook and informed them that they would be legally responsible if the page was not removed immediately. Jessie appeared to be suicidal, another reason Shannon felt compelled to help.
In less than 24 hours, Facebook emailed Shannon back explaining that there was nothing they could do about the page because it was in fact linked to Jessie’s own Facebook profile and came from her IP address.*
When Kiwi first came across Jessie’s seemingly heartfelt YouTube videos describing her plight we felt great sympathy for her and knew immediately that she had an important story to tell. A story about the darker side of social media.
Needless to say, this latest turn of events has come as a profound surprise to the staff at Kiwi and we are currently doing everything we can to uncover the truth behind the story as it continues to develop…
*Note: By the time we posted the original blog post on Jessie Walkup, Facebook had not responded to our queries regarding the Weight Weekly page controversy.