Thursday 17 October 2019

Facebook warned over site rating sex partners

Oliver Duggan

FACEBOOK pages that encourage students to rate the performance of their sexual partners have provoked uproar on university campuses and may leave the social networking giant open to legal action.

"Rate Your Shag" pages have rapidly spread to scores of UK universities – and users get asked to "name them, shame them and if you must, praise them".

While some posts are humorous, others include the names of individuals apparently unaware their performances are being publicly rated.

In just 72 hours the pages have been "liked" by almost 20,000 users.

One user posted: "Poor effort. you obv think you're doing a great job. Shouting "I'M SO GOOD AT THIS" never helps. I did enjoy the location though. Better luck next time 2/10 (sic)."

IDENTITIES

The identities of those making the ratings are protected, while victims are not.

Isabel Martorell, a privacy specialist, warned Facebook could face legal action.

She said: "The courts have made clear that information about a person's sex life is very much private."

When asked to comment on the page's content, the administrators failed to respond.

Facebook said: "We do not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behaviour directed at private individuals."

Irish Independent

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