A Facebook site has been taken off Facebook after less than 24 hours online.
A Facebook site has been taken off Facebook after less than 24 hours online. Sarah Harvey

Sexual performance reviews posted

AN ONLINE message board which claimed to rate the sexual prowess of men and women became an overnight sensation in Ipswich and nearby towns yesterday.

The Facebook group page was run by an unidentified individual who posted anonymous “performance reviews” supposedly sent to him or her by those who had joined the group.

Late yesterday afternoon all the Facebook sites that rated the sexual prowess of men and women had been shut down.

One girl, who was named on the site, said “the damage had already been done”.

In its first 24 hours, the Ipswich page had attracted 500 members.

But the explicit nature of comments posted on the web page had disgusted and angered many of those who had been named and “rated”.

A similar web page was launched in Gatton this week and attracted more than 700 members.

Other pages were also set up for the communities of Laidley, Lowood and Mulgowie.

One woman who was disparaged on the website said she was disgusted.

“It's demeaning, unnecessary and completely untrue,” the woman said.

“I'm mortified just thinking about how many people and who might have read what was put on there.”

The woman, who has a professional career, said her boss was the one who told her of the page's content.

Another young woman, 17, who had been reviewed by the site broke down in tears.

“I can't believe someone would say that kind of stuff about me,” she said.

“My parents would be disgusted if they saw it, especially when it's all lies.”

The woman said she had reported one of the pages to Facebook but was disgusted to see it still operating more than 12 hours later.

Facebook has been very slow off the mark in combating the problem.

A Facebook spokesman yesterday told The Queensland Times that because it has millions of users worldwide, there were moderators working around the clock to ensure published content didn't go “completely unchecked”.

“When sharing an opinion turns into statements of hate or threats against an individual, for example, or when users upload nudity, pornography, or violent photos or videos, the professional reviewers on our team take quick action to respond to reports, remove the content, and either warn or disable the accounts of those responsible,” the spokesman said.

People who were named on the site had made several complaints to police, desperate to have the content removed.

University of Southern Queensland law lecturer Craig Burgess said the information contained on the websites could see its creator sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars if a case of defamation was proven.



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