BeautifulPeople.com, the dating and networking community exclusively for good-looking people, informs it has been hit by a virus that allowed 30,000 “ugly” people to invade the site.
Normally, it says, everyone must pass a strict “rating” stage, where existing members vote on whether new applicants are beautiful enough to join the site.
But the rating module was brought down last month, allowing anyone – regardless of looks – to be accepted.
Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, said: “We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period, many of whom were no oil painting.”
“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. It must be a bitter pill to swallow, but better to have had a slice of heaven then never to have tasted it at all.”
The origin of the ‘Shrek Virus’ is still being investigated internally.
BeautifulPeople.com is a community of attractive people in the world. On average, one in seven applicants is accepted. The majority of successful new members come from the USA, Denmark and France. The countries with the highest rate of rejections are the UK, Russia and Poland with the UK and Russia having the least attractive male applicants in the world, the site reveals.
The 30,000 ugly people recently cast out of BeautifulPeople.com were from the following countries: USA: 11,924, UK: 3,156, Brazil: 2,911, France: 2,340, Canada: 1,220, Germany: 1,205, Australia: 1,093, Japan: 998, Russia: 840, and Denmark: 470. It was announced today, June 20.
Entry to BeautifulPeople.com is possible after passing a democratic rating process, where members vote ‘Absolutely not’, ‘No’, ‘Hmm ok’, and ‘Beautiful’ based on photographs and a brief profile submitted by new applicants.
There have been over 600 marriages through unions founded on BeautifulPeople.com and many beautiful babies born, the site claims.