I should hasten to add that my account (which I’ve had for eons) is still active and whatnot, probably due to me being a 20-something and occasional logger-inner.
Although the text and policies seem really rather harsh, I do think they they’re kinda justified (see my quote at the base of the post), though may not have been handled as sensitively as they could have been.
Choice quotes from the new management at Faceparty Towers include;
Over 36 years old?New government legislation means we need to check older users on the sex offenders list. This legislation is based upon checking email addresses against a government provided list. Faceparty has never insisted on validated email addresses and can therefore not participate in this new scheme. Having discussed the use of our website with the home office and the police, and further some pretty serious crimes caused by older users, we were left with no option but to terminate a huge amount of accounts, and without notice, immediately. We understand that only a minority of older users are sex offenders, but you must understand that we cannot tell which – we can only delete all to make the site safe and we apologise for that. However, we are following the law and you cannot think we are wrong for doing that.
Negativity / Bitching / Moaning about Faceparty:If all you are gonna do is type “Faceparty is shit” then you shouldn’t be using the site. You will be deleted for this reason. Faceparty is not a public service and you would probably be kicked out of Tescos for writing “Tescos is shit” on their walls too. You would also, quite rightly, be deleted for aggressive behaviour towards our “staff” and volunteers (calling them c*nts, threatening to kill them etc has been a problem that has risen to above 1,000 instances per week and we’re no longer prepared to put up with that behaviour – we also need to point out that threatening to kill staff = prison).
Anarchy Towers did not opt to buy your account:The original crew behind Faceparty and the inventors of the online community (Anarchy Towers) is taking control of the website again. That means this is gonna be the best site on the web, just as it was for every year they were in control in the past. Anarchy Towers is NOT legally obliged to purchase all of the member accounts from CIS Internet Ltd, and nor does it intend to. Your contract with CIS Internet Ltd ends with the closure of CIS Internet Ltd. Anarchy Towers can only afford to buy a certain number of accounts – there is most likely nothing personal in it, we can only buy what we can afford.
You joined within the last 2 months:Unfortunately some of the creators of accounts who were deleted, of an older age group, have been creating new accounts with a younger age (which means that government legislation classifies them as a sex offender by lying about their age on the Internet, even though most who have done this may have done so with good intent and purely to be a part of a site they love and without any intent to manipulate younger users). However, this is still illegal and it is too hard to seek out and destroy non-genuine accounts, therefore Anarchy Towers has not opted to buy any accounts created in the last 2 months. Anarchy Towers is not obliged to purchase your account.
I think that this small paragraph towards the base of the page sums up and justifies why such drastic action has also been taken and so I do feel that they should have at least formatted this bit in bold text or something similar by way of their defence!
Why was no Notice Given of my Termination?Notice is not required for violations of terms of service. We apologise that we were legally unable to give you notice for accounts deleted due to the fact we could not check your details on the sex offenders register. This was because a gang of paedophiles had arrived on the website and had carried out a series of attacks on younger users. We had to make sure that these people could not swap contact details with their potential victims. We know it must have been painful for you to lose your account, but the safety of the users this site is aimed at is more important and we acted based upon consultation with the police. We apologise to the genuine users who had their fun ruined by the minority of sex offenders preying on this site. Police evidence showed that people were about to get killed. Think hard about whether Faceparty did the right thing morally, or not. Lives were saved. Lives are more important than accounts.
And my favourite quote from this page…
With no offence intended, it is not the legal right of a 70 year old to claim right to a young person’s service. Furthermore, it is not your right as a 50 year old to steal the bandwidth of our youth portal because you don’t want to pay for match.com. There are dating agencies for the over 50s, such as match.com, but Faceparty is not and never has been one. We apologise if you didn’t realise.