An FB page titled “Hotties of Melbourne University” which encourages people to rate the students featured on the page based on their appearance has sparked controversy. Many people are urging that the page should be shut down.
The FB page shares pictures of unsuspicious students and viewers can comment on those. Although, both men and women photos are posted in the page mostly women get derogatory comments from male viewers.
Most of the time the comments made by the male viewers are perverted. The page also gives personal information about the girls they feature without their consent, reported Yahoo!7.
Laura Blandthorn, a law student from the Melbourne University created a petition against the Facebook page.
She said, “All the creepy guys you meet in a bar have finally found a place to say what they want.”
She added, “My main concern is the way it evaluates someone’s worth based on their desirability”
However, her stand against the Facebook page prompted derogatory comments from haters, as reported by news.com.au. One man trolled her suggesting that the law student wants to shut down the page as she herself is not attractive. Another man supported him. Some, on the other hand, cheered her for her stand.
One said, “Bravo to a strong young woman who shows she has more guts than the total of all the pathetic males involved in this page.”
Despite the trolling, the petition started to gain momentum as more than 16,000 people supported Blandthorn’s call.
In the meantime, a University of Melbourne spokesperson said that they had already made a report about the page to Facebook.
The spokesperson said, “the university will be following up again with Facebook today to repeat our previous request. The university is strongly committed to ensuring a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful university community.”
University of Melbourne Deputy Provost and Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Elliott said, “Some students are not thinking through what a social media presence will mean potentially for their future careers with potential employers looking back on their digital presence.”
A few months back there were news that Twitter was going to train prosecutors to fight online abuse.