‘Rate your Shag’ pages taken down

Dozens of Facebook pages allowing students to publicly rate their sexual partners have been shut down, following comment from the National Union of Students.

The pages, commonly entitled ‘Rate your Shag’, invited students to name their sexual partners and give them a rating out of ten on the public Facebook pages, in some cases ‘liked’ by thousands.

Liam Burns, the President of the National Union of Students, condemned the Facebook pages as “tantamount to bullying”. The Pages that associated themselves with universities nationwide were shut down within hours of the comment.

Nottingham and Bath ranked among the most popular of the pages with dozens of ‘reviews’ appearing before the pages shut down. Exeter’s equivalent page was relatively unpopular, attracting only a few posts.

A University spokesperson said: “We take a very dim view of these things. We think it is very unwise for students to post comments about others because there is evidence that increasing numbers of employers look applicants up on social media and take a view of their suitability based on what they find there. Social media is a great tool for communication… but it has to be used responsibly.”

Grace Hopper, VP Welfare and Community, said: “It is reassuring to hear that the page has been shut down. Speaking about women, or men, in this manner is unacceptable under any circumstance, but especially on social media, heavily seen and used by students in particular.”

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Author: Louis Doré

Freelance Journalist studying at City University, London on MA Newspaper Journalism.

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