These URLs have come into my inbox in multiples, and I want to share them with you because this is important. I do need to preload this discussion with the caveat that I am still wrecking shit in Malaysia and have not had time to investigate this issue or do analysis. It will probably be fun to circle back after there have been more developments and dig deeper when we see more reactions. I’m also curious to know what you think, feel free to jump in the comments here – I do approve anonymous comments, of course.
Two articles struggling to cover one topic might help frame the issue (the articles are not well written, but they have different pieces of the story). Here they are, with excerpts.
- Reddit Moderators Ban Gawker In Solidarity With Creepy Porn Purveyor (Slate, usual grain of salt)
Reddit, the self-proclaimed front page of the Internet, harbors some pretty unseemly stuff on its back pages, from a now-defunct forum called r/jailbait (sexually suggestive photos of underage girls) to one called r/creepshots (pictures of women taken in public without their knowledge). And some of its users get mighty defensive about their right to post and view these things anonymously.
So when Gawker’s Adrian Chen (a former Slate intern, years ago) told the Reddit member who created those particular subreddits that he planned to write a profile about him—presumably exposing his real-life identity—the site roared with indignation. Most notably, the moderators of r/politics—Reddit’s main politics channel—announced on Wednesday that they would ban all Gawker links from their page in retribution. Here’s their full statement (…)
- Internet Wars Over Women’s Bodies (Forbes, usual handful of salt)
(…) One subreddit in particular has been at the center of attention recently: /r/creepshots. Creepshots are non-consensual photos, most often of women, taken in public of parts of their bodies. Often those parts that have been unwittingly exposed, but not always. Upskirt shots are perhaps the most famous brand of creepshots. They’ve probably happened since cameras first became portable, but: ubiquity of mobile phones with cameras + anonymous Internet posting = creepshots run wild.
(…) One woman, fed up with the sense of violation that creepshots create, decided that she’d had enough. She created a Tumblr called Predditors (now removed, Google cached version here), where information about people posting in /r/creepshots was collected and shared. Personal information was made readily available by the creepshot posters themselves, through links in their profiles to other services, such as Facebook, where they identify themselves. Jezebel wrote about the Tumblr and its anonymous author. (…)