Something in the 10,000 posts thread reminded me of a little problem my universities associated granting body, Dalhousie University, is having. This summer, a Facebook group surfaced which borders on defamation of the university. The creator alleges that she has been down in the labs where there are medical experiments being performed on animals. Now that is not unusual at all. The thorny issue relates to what she says she saw. Puppies and kittens being mutilated. In the Facebook group she created, she had the wall posting turned off, so there was no way for anyone to post any comments which could invalidate her claims. Dalhousie contacted Facebook, but did not receive any feedback. Days later the group was taken down. Even now if you look for similar groups, they are all over the place.
Any animal experiments require a proposal be made to the appropriate committee, not sure what Dal calls their's. The point is, that if any of these allegations were true, not only would Dalhousie immediately stop what was happening, but the grant issuing bodies which make the research possible, and the associations involved would act very quickly to stop the abuse. The girl who created the group isn't a Dal student, and on her group she was trying to convince people not to attend Dalhousie. If she even saw what was going on down there, more than likely she over-reacted and embellished what it was that she saw.
Here's an article giving some more detail:
www.insidehighereducation.com.../08/29/puppies (external - login to view)