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We've recently been made aware of statements posted about BabyVote which are completely untrue. Distracting our users from the fun, family orientated nature of the competition. BabyVote is a legitimate UK registered company. You can find our details on any of our country pages, for example: http://au.babyvote.com/about-us
Please be assured photos uploaded at babyvote.co.uk will not be shared with any third parties & will be used solely for the purposes of the competition.
Please help us ensure these malicious acts are unsuccessful by continuing to enjoy & share the competition with your friends & family.
A search of the UK's Companies House Website shows that BabyVote is indeed a registered company.
Moreover, BabyVote.com competitions are sponsored by other legitimate and well-known companies. The Gro Company, sponsor of Babyvote Cutest Baby Competition Australia, notes via its Facebook Page:
The Gro Company are proud to Sponsor Babyvote Cutest Baby Competition Australia. Having seen the great success of the competition in the UK we are delighted to be continuing our relationship with them in Australia. This is Leo, the winner of Babyvote in the UK wearing part of his prize bundle - a fabulous Grobag. Good luck to all the entrants !
There is no credible evidence whatsoever that supports the rather bizarre claims in the "warning" message". I have not seen any reports from parents that claim that their baby pictures have actually been taken and used in the way described.
Moreover, if a sinister group wished to procure baby photos for use on a sex related site, a simple Google Image search would reveal many thousands of suitable images ripe for the taking. There would therefore be no reason for these people to set up an elaborate baby photo competition to get suitable images.
Certainly, parents should be very careful where and how they publish images of their children online. But, the claims in this silly warning message are without substance and should not be taken seriously. Spreading malicious and unfounded rumours such as this will do nothing whatsoever to protect children. And the messages may unfairly damage the reputation of a perfectly legitimate organization that has done nothing wrong. If this message comes your way, please do not share it with others. And please let the sender know that the claims in the message are untrue.
Last updated: October 24, 2013