‘Ugly Virus’ Attacks BeautifulPeople.com

By Beautifulpeople.com, PRNE
Sunday, June 19, 2011

LONDON, June 20, 2011 -

- ‘Shrek’ Virus hijacks rating
system: 30,000 ugly people invade BeautifulPeople.com

BeautifulPeople.com, the dating and networking community
exclusively for good-looking people, has been hit by a virus that
allowed 30,000 “ugly” people to invade the site.

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Normally, 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. It was initially thought to be one of the 5.5 million
BeautifulPeople.com rejects, but further investigations point to a
former employee who placed the virus before leaving the team in
May. Despite wreaking havoc with the application process, member
privacy and security was never breached.

A team of beauty police from around the world has been recruited
to guard against any further infiltrators who do not come up to the
expected standards.

BeautifulPeople.com has set up a hotline on 1 (800)
to help recently rejected applicants deal with the
hard news and can give tips for those wishing to re-apply.

Hodge said: “We have now launched version 3.3 of the site a
month ahead of schedule, what you see when you visit
BeautifulPeople.com today is a more sophisticated site and an even
more exclusive and tightly guarded community of beautiful men and
women only.

“We would like to reassure our community that the rating module
has been restored to perfect working order. Every vote continues to
count as we remain true to our founding principles; keeping the
trolls out and the beautiful people in. On a positive note, we did
get several thousand worthy applicants during the same period -
notably from the USA, Denmark and Australia.”

BeautifulPeople.com is the largest community of attractive
people in the world. Despite the recent rejections, the site has
over 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. 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 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
Denmark: 470

Further information:

Entry to BeautifulPeople.com is only 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.

An elite global lifestyle

Members of BeautifulPeople.com enjoy:

  • Access to beautiful people locally and from around the
  • Glamorous parties and a jet set global network
  • Approaches by leading film and TV companies
  • Extended professional networks

BeautifulPeople.com is located at href="www.BeautifulPeople.com">www.BeautifulPeople.com

Miki Haines-Sanger of Golden Goose PR, +44-7900-690-574, or Felicity Hardingham, +44-7747-445-898, or Cate McManus, +1-310-729-3914, all for BeautifulPeople.com, beautifulpeople at goldengoosepr.com / NOTE TO EDITORS: Greg Hodge, managing director is available for interviews. For press information, b-roll media kit contact Miki Haines-Sanger at Golden Goose PR on +44-7900-690-574 or Felicity Hardingham on +44-7747-445-898 or Cate McManus +1-310-729-3914 alternatively, email beautifulpeople at goldengoosepr.com.

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