Saga Zone: Social website for elderly shut down over 'racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic' comments
Wednesday 06 February 2013
An online forum for elderly people has been shut down because of “racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments” – proving that you’re never too old to become an online troll.
Saga, a company for the over-50s which offers holiday packages, insurance and healthcare, closed its Saga Zone social network because offensive comments from some users began to reflect badly on the brand.
“There were comments you wouldn’t expect people to make to anybody’s face. Some were offensive to racial groups and religious communities and there were some intended to upset particular individuals,” spokesman Paul Green said. “When those comments are posted on a branded site such as Saga, they leave the impression that we sanction those views.”
Users of Saga Zone, which launched in 2007 as a rival to Facebook, said they had lost a “real lifeline for many isolated or housebound people”.
“There is always someone who has suffered from what you are suffering from and can give their angle,” commented user GillianD on a post about the forum’s end.
Saga said there are no plans to revive the site, whose regular visitors number in the few hundreds. But Mr Green said that despite “vicious” debates on subjects such as the Middle East, the network was “closed more in sadness than anything else”.
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
Mick Jagger denies being World Cup curse and reason for Brazil’s embarrassing defeat
Do you know this man? Amnesia sufferer found in park pleads for help in identifying who he is
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client who are a leading publisher in...
£45-£57k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Social Media Director (Gl...
£28,000 - £31,000: Sauce Recruitment: A Global media business based in West Lo...