Experts from across the pond in Britian are releasing reports that Facebook may be to blame for sudden rise in Syphillis.
According to Britain’s The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and Daily Mail, health experts are finding that people are using the social media website to contact and have sex with multiple partners for casual sexual experiences.
Professor Peter Kelly, the head of Public Health for NHS tells The Sun that he’s seen a rise in the disease since the website’s become more popular.
I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures. And I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites. Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. There is a rise in syphilis because people are having more sexual partners than 20 years ago and often do not use condoms.”
Members of the Facebook staff are refuting those claims however calling them ridiculous and exaggerating.
Andrew Noyes, a spokesperson for Facebook released a statement denying the health experts’ findings to TechCrunch saying,
“While it makes for interesting headlines, the assertions made in newspaper reports that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of STDs are ridiculous, exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation. As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our Web site is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and coworkers to connect and share.”
Connect and share indeed….hmmmmm.