Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

December 08, 2010

A Special Message to the Mark Zuckerberg Wannabe...

It's my last week in college and I am swamped with a 20-page research paper and studying for final exams. I was totally in the zone until I was notified that my photo, as well as a few of my friends', appeared on a website called www.RateBU.com. Apparently, the site takes one of your profile pictures [you must be a female] and site visitors can rate and also compare you to the photo adjacent to yours.

First of all, this is a complete INVASION OF PRIVACY. Just because I have put my photos on Facebook for my friends to see, does not mean that I am giving permission for my photos to be placed anywhere on the net.

Second, this is absolutely DEGRADING & DISGUSTING. No one should be rated, compared, or publicly scrutinized like this. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and this can do some serious emotional damage to someone on the site.

Last, this has made me rethink what I want to reveal about myself on Facebook in addition to seriously putting my profile on lockdown. Since Facebook is growing and expanding its services, I think I should have done this anyway and recommend to anyone who cares about their privacy, to do the same.

Finally Justin Doody, I am sure you will be sued left and right. This is not even original. You're just a poser from The Social Network. Enjoy paying for your stupidity for the rest of your life.

5 comments:

  1. UGH. I HATE THAT WEBSITE. Just a tamer version of juicy campus which was HORRIFYING. I'm sorry your picture ended up on that site. That really sucks and if your Facebook page is private then posting it violates Facebook's privacy policy and you have a right to get the photo taken down.

    This website, and it's creator, is pathetic and embarrassing for BU.

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  2. Thanks Jenna. I just can't believe it's still up. This website should have been shut down as soon as it went viral. It's not ethical by any means and could do some serious damage to individuals on the site and especially to BU! BU should force this stupid kid to take it down.

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  3. These news people are pissing me off.

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  4. I have no idea who you are, but through invading your privacy I got to this blog. You might want to look at some of the things that you put on here, though...

    I personally like how your video goes out of the way to congratulate the creator of RateBU. You should probably watch the things you post before posting them.

    PS - You should tell Garrett that he shouldn't leave his gmail open.

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  5. I don't know who YOU are, but by coming to my blog, you're not invading my privacy because I have put the link out for people to read.

    The intention of putting the video up there was not to congratulate the creator of RateBU, so don't tell me what to do. It was to show the other side. If you have such an issue with it, there is no need for you to come back to the blog.

    I hope you feel awesome by invading Garrett's privacy and writing from his gmail account.

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