Feeds

Sex-rating social pages take off in Queensland

A plague of rats in the north

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A plague of geographically based Facebook "sex-rating" pages is spreading in north-east Australia, rating locals on their sexual pedigree.

The frequently short-lived "root-rating" fad pages are based on recommendations shared mostly by male, teen participants, mostly in Queensland regional locations, in which they rank previous and current partners.

Queensland has had city-based root-rating guides such as Bundaberg’s Bundy-Root-Rater (currently offline), with others covering the Mackay, Fraser Coast, and Warwick. A handful of similar pages have also started popping up in Victoria.

Facebook sites have getting media attention in recent days and at press time most them were displaying as “unavailable”, presumably taken down by Facebook.

Operating much like Mark Zuckerberg’s first college iteration of Facebook, ‘root-rater’ group members submit ratings on targeted individuals to an administrator, who then posts the information anonymously on a public wall.

The crowd sourced analysis includes ratings out of ten for sexual performance, graphic comments about the encounter, where it took place, and often the name of the rated individual or a link to their Facebook profile page.

Regional Mackay newspaper, the Daily Mercury reports that Mackay chapter of the root-rater has started dwindling in numbers after a report that local police were investigating the issue.

Before being taken down on Thursday night, the 2,070-strong Mackay root-rater page featured several well-known criminals and sports players. Acting Sergeant Angela Warcon, of Mackay's crime prevention unit, told the newspaper that police had the power to take action against participants.

“Under the Telecommunications Act you can be prosecuted,” she said. “Unfortunately people just don't understand that once it's out there in public it's no longer private.”

The disturbing Australian centric Facebook trend follows a similar incident last month in Victoria in which a men's-only Facebook page called the ‘Brocial Network’ emerged. The site, which has subsequently gone further underground, encouraged members to trawl Facebook and upload revealing photos of hot women - without their consent. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.