Brits Embrace Facebook, Pay the Price

Photos in 'private' online profiles land Oxford students in hot water
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2007 12:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Miss New Jersey may never be mistaken for a Rhodes Scholar, but unlike some British university students, she knows how to make sure her Facebook profile is private. The social-networking site that nearly brought down the beauty queen is wreaking havoc across the Atlantic, with Oxford students facing disciplinary action and fines for behavior captured on the site.

Posted photos showed post-exam revelry that involved confetti, meat, and other substances Brits evidently consider celebratory, the Guardian reports. It's not clear how the photos found their way to university officials, who can levy fines of up to £100 ($200), but one student who says her profile was "friends only" bluntly says: "I am very pissed."