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Microsoft investigating UPenn racist cyberbullying incident

GroupMe, the Microsoft-owned messaging app that was used for a racist cyberbullying attack last week at the University of Pennsylvania, said it removed the messages instantly and is investigating the case.

A number of black freshman students at Pennsylvania was targeted on Friday from a GroupMe account in Oklahoma. Multiple publications, including Philly.com, said the students were added to a list that referenced lynching in the subject and came from users with names like "Daddy Trump."

GroupMe, which is part of Microsoft's Skype unit, lets users send out group messages from their phones for free.

"As soon as we became aware of the chats taking place on GroupMe which violated our terms of service, we took action and removed the chats," a Microsoft representative said in an e-mailed statement Sunday night. "We're investigating to determine which user accounts will be suspended."

Since Republican Donald Trump, a graduate of Penn's Wharton School of Business, won the presidential election, there have been numerous protests across the country, opposing his expressed views on immigrants, minorities and women.

At the same time, racist and bigoted attacks have been extensively reported in schools and communities, leading Trump to tell CBS "60 Minutes" on Sunday that his supporters should "stop it."

University of Pennsylvania officials including President Amy Gutmann said in a statement on Sunday that three GroupMe users in Oklahoma were linked to the attack. One attends the University of Oklahoma and has been suspended.

"Penn Police continue to work with the FBI and law enforcement in Oklahoma," the statement said "Our hope is that the full investigation into this terrible incident will be concluded shortly."