As part of an advertising campaign for his new social media site, sophomore Taylor Robinette emailed approximately 17,000 students Tuesday under the pretense of an Alert Carolina message.
The email was promoting the social media site he helped found, called Bevii, and said police were investigating a “report of innovation” on Franklin Street. The email also claimed there were “shots fired” against “outdated social media.”
“I think that there was a little bit of negative reaction, but I think there was some positive reaction and people who thought it was fun,” Robinette said.
Robinette said Bevii set up an automatic mailing list a few months ago after they saw that the domain name “alertcarolina.com” had not been registered.
Stan Waddell, interim chief technology officer for UNC Information Technology Services, said ITS blocked both the website where the email originated and the Bevii site in order to prevent further emails.