Facebook Just Deleted Every University’s ‘Rate Your Shag’ Page

A new trend started across UK universities, asking students to rate their sexual partners. A day or so later, Facebook has taken them all down.

Early yesterday, a swarm of Facebook ‘Rate Your Shag’ pages were created across various universities, with one of the earliest appearing for Newcastle University students.

Basically, people sent in messages to the page owners and the page would then anonymously disseminate the messages.

3. Here are some examples of the posts. We’ve redacted the names that originally accompanied each post.

8. Unsurprisingly, a number of people were offended.

An intern currently at Facebook said that people needed to report the page for action to be taken, and students started doing this in their masses.

9. A spokesperson from Loughborough University said that disciplinary action would be taken against students who posted on the page.

10. About 24 hours later, a large number of Rate Your Shag pages from various universities were deleted.

11. Stuart Shevlin, third year politics student at the University of Warwick student said he was pleased with the reaction from Facebook:

12. However, another Warwick student, who wished to remain anonymous, told us he thought the pages should have been left up.

“The removal of ‘Rate My Shag’ from Facebook is completely unjustified. It requires the removal of individual’s rights to freedom of speech.”

The issue of censorship on Facebook - especially as it relates to misogyny and sexually explicit language - is a hot one right now. The company has been forced to respond to the #FBRape campaign, which has been petitioning brands to put pressure on Facebook to remove images promoting rape and sexual assault.

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Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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