Revenge is tweet: Women post ugly pictures of friends on social networking sites to get their own back
08:35 GMT, 3 July 2012
Most women would cringe if they thought there was an embarrassing picture of them on a social networking site.
But it seems that almost a quarter of the female population are deliberately posting unflattering pictures of their former friends after falling out with them.
And a third admit that they were actually taking revenge on those who had done the same to them.
Fightbook: A quarter of women deliberately post ugly pictures of their friends on social networking sites
According to a survey taken out by Mymemory.com, two fifths of the 1,500 women asked revealed that they had posted a picture of their friend without make-up and a fifth confessed to refusing to take down the offending picture when asked.
Ironically two thirds of those polled said they would be furious if a friend uploaded a flattering picture of them, while three quarters said they regularly de-tagged unflattering pictures of themselves.
The research shows that an increasing number of people are using Facebook to humiliate their friends.
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'Victims' of this abuse can de-tag photographs but only the poster can remove the image from the site.
Facebook refuses to get involved in such arguments unless the pictures are obscene or go against the site's terms and conditions.
The University of Bath recently found that women were more likely to visit social networking sites than men who preferred entertainment, betting and gaming websites.