Feeds

Facebook acts to soothe red-faced Redhillians

'Gossip Girl' raises local blood pressure

Security for virtualized datacentres

For the second time in just over a year, an outbreak of malicious gossip has inspired red-faced apoplexy in the residents of leafy Redhill in Surrey.

The immediate cause of their anger was a Facebook profile – "Goss Ip Redhill" – apparently dedicated to the publication of lewd rumours about the sexual behaviour of various Redhillians.

The site appears to have been inspired - in name if nothing else - by the TV series Gossip Girl, which plots the lives of a bunch of glamorous Manhattan teen socialites. So, easy to see how the format could be replicated in the heart of Surrey's stockbroker belt.

Facebook have now shut down this profile, after it was reported to them by The Surrey Mirror last night. The Mirror were acting on a tip-off from local lass, Charlotte Jordan, aged 20, who contacted them after allegations were published about a friend, who she does not wish to name, earlier this week.

A very cross Ms Jordan was reported in the local press as saying: "I can't believe they think they can get away with it.

"How can they publish these lies? I was absolutely fuming when I saw it. The final straw was when they said my friend was flashing for money.

"It needs to be shut down. There are people that are getting really hurt by these lies. What right do they have to lie about people's sexual orientation, and saying they pose nude for money?”

This followed an earlier complaint from 22-year-old Barry Partheniou of Brook Road, Merstham, who complained about the profile to Facebook and also raised the matter with The Surrey Mirror last week.

The Facebook profile also bore some remarkable similarities to a Bebo profile for "Gossip Gurl of Redhill", which was shut down last year, because, according to the author of that site, "people can’t handle some gossip".

The fact that both profiles appear to have been created – and taken down – in the course of the summer holidays, might be considered suggestive of either a common authorship – or a copycat at work. ®

Bootnote

Despite its outwardly respectable appearance, Redhill is infamous for having been home to occultist Aleister Crowley, train robber Ronnie Biggs, and outspoken Tory Minister Edwina Currie.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.