- Man asks woman to stop speaking Spanish on a plane—and bystanders start speaking Spanish Today 12:55 PM
- Schumer calls on FBI, FTC to investigate FaceApp Today 12:41 PM
- Netflix loses subscribers—but hopes some tentpole shows can save it Today 12:10 PM
- Man utterly roasted for saying woman can’t ask for equality in revealing clothing Today 12:07 PM
- Instagram struggles to remove photos of Bianca Devins’ dead body Today 11:14 AM
- ‘Storm Area 51’ creator says its gotten so big he’s worried about the FBI Today 10:49 AM
- Everyone loves Q baby, the baby who apparently supports QAnon Today 9:53 AM
- Thread about ‘depression meals’ is inspiring lots of relatable answers Today 9:36 AM
- How long is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’? Today 9:30 AM
- Rand Paul ripped for halting 9/11 Victim Fund re-authorization bill Today 9:18 AM
- Here’s what’s coming and going on Hulu in August 2019 Today 7:00 AM
- ‘Game of Thrones’ creators drop out of Comic-Con at last minute Today 6:38 AM
- Inside Britt McHenry’s war on women Today 6:30 AM
- The glorious highs and unexpected quirks of 4K streaming Today 6:00 AM
- Southwest Airlines passengers receive free Nintendo Switch consoles and Mario Maker 2 Wednesday 9:10 PM
Tumblr reinstates blog that outed Reddit’s r/creepshots creeps
Tumblr said “Predditors” doesn’t violate its terms of service because the blog only reveals publicly-available information about its targets.
The Tumblr blog responsible for exposing the identities of the Reddit users behind r/creepshots, a controversial forum where users shared photos they’d secretly taken of women in public, is back online after being mistakenly shut down by Tumblr.
Predditors disappeared around 2pm ET Wednesday, after Jezebel published an interview with the 25-year-old female redditor behind it. The anonymous woman uses the Tumblr blog to share screenshots and photos of r/creepshots users from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Steam profiles, which she finds by searching their Reddit usernames.
So far, the anonymous author has outed 36 men she believes are “sexual predators,” according to the blog’s brief description.
Although Predditors only publishes public information about r/creepshots users, Tumblr took action believing that some of the information on the site was private. Tumblr acknowledged the mistake and restored the blog Thursday, around 1:30pm ET.
The blog was shut down again around 3:30pm ET, and briefly came back up with all of its previous posts erased. As of 3:55pm, the blog appears to be reposting the deleted entries one by one, but it no longer has the tagline “Sexual Predators that use Reddit.com.”
It is unclear why Predditors was scrubbed of almost all its content, but if the author hopes to avoid legal issues by erasing posts, she may be out of luck, according to Roy Gutterman, a professor of communications law at the Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications.
Although the information Predditors posts is already public, claiming that the r/creepshots users are “sexual predators” could be the basis for a defamation suit. “It’s just a matter of whether any of these guys think their reputation has been harmed by false information and it bears going to court,” Gutterman told the Daily Dot.
“If she’s trying to avoid liability, it’s too late. It’s already been published. The fact that she took it down, it might mitigate damages if there’s a lawsuit or judgement against her. … It’s probably a moot point.”
At least one r/creepshots member has already faced consequences. A substitute teacher in Georgia was fired for posting at least one photo of an underage student to the site. Police were tipped off to the teacher’s activities by the woman behind Predditors, Jezebel reported.
r/creepshots went private Wednesday and was ultimately banned after a group of anonymous users threatened to reveal a moderator’s personal information. Since then, new subreddits dedicated to the same type of photos have sprung up in its place.
Photo by Fernando Alfonso III
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.