A French company has come under fire for offering spyware "to find out if your son is gay," reports BBC.
In an article on its website, the tech firm Fireworld touted "invisible PC spy software" that would ascertain the sexual orientation of a male child. The described spyware would hack into his Facebook, private messages, and monitor visits to "gay forums."
"Family is fundamental. That's why the sexual orientation of your children, directly responsible for the continuation of your family, is very important to you," stated the article, which made no mention of monitoring female children for same-sex attraction.
The article also offered "clues" that might indicate a son might be gay. These include an interest in divas, theatre, and "taking good care of himself."
Marlène Schiappa, France's secretary of State for Gender Equality, condemned Fireworld's purported service on Twitter, after it was spotlighted by an LGBT youth group, L'Amicale des jeunes du Refuge.
"Homophobia and sexism have their roots in the same gender stereotypes. We will fight them together," Schiappa declared.
Fireworld has since removed the article. In an email response to L'Amicale, the company claimed the article was for SEO purposes and "not intended to be read by humans."
"We sincerely apologize to all those who may have felt offended by this content," Fireworld said.