Professor Fired After Students Saw His “Busty College Girl” Tab In A Zoom Lecture

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Participants of a zoom call

If you’re sharing your screen with workmates or students, it’s best to make sure you’ve wiped any incriminating or embarrassing tabs from your browser first.  

University of Miami Professor John Peng Zhang learned that lesson the hard way last month, when he shared his computer screen with his business analytics class and some of his students spotted a bookmark saved to his browser entitled “Busty college girl,” the college newspaper, The Miami Hurricane’s Jesse Lieberman reported. 

One of the first students who spotted the bookmark, which bared the name of a popular niche of porn, called it out over the Zoom sessions live microphone and the rest of the class took notice and began taking screenshots and sharing it on social media. 

A TikTok video of Zhang’s screen, which has since been removed, garnered more than 800,000 views in only a few hours, according to The Hurricane.

By the next day, it had spread to notable Instagram pages Fifthyear, Barstool, and others, reaching millions of followers.

Zhang then sent out an email to the class saying he was “investigating” encouraged students not to share images of the link.

The professor’s name has since been removed from the university webpage and other professors started taking over his classes, according to The Miami Hurricane. 

Some students told the paper they were unhappy that they were never given an explanation about what happened to Zhang, and that other professors with different teaching styles have been assigned to their classes so late in the semester.

In a statement to The Hurricane, the university acknowledged that the incident was investigated, but didn’t comment on the results.

Some university students told The Hurricane they didn’t believe it warranted Zhang lose his livelihood because of the bookmark. 

On Wednesday an online petition calling for Zhang’s rehiring was launched. It had 49 signatures by the afternoon. 

“People make mistakes, are sexual beings, and should not be fired when no true porn was shared,” the petition said. “We no longer live in the 18th century and individuals are allowed to have a personal, sexual life. This was obviously a mistake.”

Source: Insider

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