Don't look now: Website for 'beautiful people' hit by virus that allowed ugly applicants to sign up.
A social networking site for 'beautiful' people has been hit by a Shrek virus which allowed tens of thousands of
ugly applicants to sign up. Members of BeautifulPeople.com must pass a strict rating stage where existing users vote
on whether someone is attractive enough to be accepted into the online community.
But this screening process was brought down last month, allowing anyone to join, regardless of their looks. Owners
today apologised to more than 30,000 unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and subsequently
banished. 'We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period,
many of whom were no oil painting,' managing director GREg Hodge said.
'We responded immediately, repairing the damage from the Shrek virus and putting every new member back into the
rating module for a legitimate and democratic vote. The result is that we have lost over 30,000 recent members.'
We have sincere reGREt for the unfortunate people who were wrongly admitted to the site and who believed,
albeit for a short while, that they were beautiful.'
BeautifulPeople.com has more than 700,000 members worldwide. On average one in seven applicants is accepted. The
majority of successful new members come from the USA, Denmark and France, it claims The UK is among the countries
with the highest rate of rejections, alongside Russia and Poland.