Shut down Ratemash website due to using students photographs without permission and promoting scoring based on looks

The Ratemash website has recently been identified as taking photographs from Facebook, sorting them by university and creating a leaderboard where website visitors can rate each person by their looks.
Ratemash has not sought permission from the individuals to add them to the website and is promoting degrading behaviour by voting on people based on their looks.

This e-petition has been rejected with the following reason given:

E-petitions cannot be used to request action on issues that are outside the responsibility of the government. This includes:

  • party political material
  • commercial endorsements including the promotion of any product, service or publication
  • issues that are dealt with by devolved bodies, eg The Scottish Parliament
  • correspondence on personal issues

E-petitions cannot be used for freedom of information requests.

The following explanatory notes have been added:

the Government is monitoring the situation with various ISPs but wishes to to keep the internet self-regulating where possible.

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Created By

Chris Crawley

Created On

Sunday 24 November 2013