A Facebook group carrying pictures of off-guard people and subjecting them to abuse and ridicule has been blasted by an MP.
The ‘50 Shades of Accrington’ Facebook group was launched nearly two weeks ago with more than 6,500 ‘liking’ the site already.
Nearly 50 embarrassing or secret pictures have been uploaded to the social networking site from users – prompting more than 6,000 comments.
One of the images shows a woman lying on a car at the Vauxhall garage.
Another picture of a woman at a takeaway attracted around a dozen derogatory comments.
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said legislation may be needed to help protect victims of internet abuse and called for the culprits to be ‘identified and ostracised’.
He said: “There seems to be a big issue with people using the internet to say nasty, unpleasant and abusive things that they wouldn’t do to their faces.
“There is a whole discussion now about internet trolls, keyboard warriors and people who have no respect for anybody else. For the victims it is public humiliation.
“Nearly all these people hide behind pseudonyms because they are scared to put their own name to the comments.
“They need to be identified and ostracised.
“They are not clever, not bright and in fact in most cases they are pretty stupid people.”