A dating site has been criticised for an advert calling freckles "imperfections".

The Match.com poster seen at London train stations features a red-haired freckly girl and is captioned "If you don't like your imperfections, someone else will."

Angry Katharine Longworth, of Manchester, tweeted: "I was saddened by the Match ads on the tube. Since when are freckles an imperfection?!"

Another person using the name Pammiegee said: "Disgraceful! Freckles are a sign of beauty! How to alienate half the UK!"

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Passers-by amended some posters, including one note reading: "This isn't an imperfection, it's a skin tone."

Match.com said it was considering removing the billboards, adding: "We believe freckles are beautiful. We're sorry if this ad has been interpreted in a different way."

The Advertising Standards Agency had received about a dozen complaints by last night but was not yet investigating.