But administrators have now shown that the rigorous 48-hour selection period is not a permanent pass by taking thousands of profiles down, mainly because of weight gain and “graceless ageing”.Genevieve Hodge, who founded the website with her husband Greg, said: “This may sound harsh, and it is the most difficult part of managing the business.“We take no pleasure in removing members, but it is a necessary evil in order to maintain the beautiful community and our prized business model.”Her husband claimed the website had been “kind” in breaking the news to ditched people with emails encouraging them to apply again when they are “back looking their best”.
“You have no idea what it’s like to be called beautiful all the time,” a good friend once remarked.
The site, which once, inexplicably and unforgivably, judged that El Reg hacks don't count as beautiful, collected the usual hoard of information about its users – user ID, email address, location data, physical characteristics, jobs, sexual preferences and more, all of which is in the compromised profiles.
Researcher Chris Vickery told Forbes the information was copied from an unsecured test server running Mongo DB.
The vote is democratic, if applicants secure a majority of positive votes they are accepted.
The website has attracted considerable controversy in the media and much criticism since its inception due to its exclusive business model of only allowing perceived attractive men and women to join the dating community.