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Anonymous blackmailers threatened to reveal a moderator’s personal information unless the creepy photo subreddit was taken down.
The Reddit group r/creepshots, which featured suggestive photos of women taken in public, has gone private after a moderator was threatened with having his real identity leaked.
The moderator CreeperComforts was given two options by a group of anonymous users: Take down the site that has gotten at least one substitute teacher fired and thousands of users incited or be “doxed”—see his personal information publicly released.
“Please don’t go to the trouble of of denying your identity. We have archived a great deal of evidence to confirm it,” wrote the anonymous user, according to a screengrab posted on Reddit. “Clean up your mess, change your behavior, and move on with your life.”
CreeperComforts has apparently complied with the anonymous blackmailers’ demands. Sometime after noon ET Wednesday, r/creepshots went private.
r/creepshots grabbed national headlines about three weeks ago when a substitute teacher for East Coweta High in Sharpsburg, Ga., was fired after at least one underage student complained that inappropriate photos of her had been posted on the site.
The story captured the attention of news outlets like The Huffington Post and The Daily Mail. Almost overnight, r/creepshots grew from 9,000 subscribers to more than 12,000. r/creepshots moderator POTATO_IN_MY_ANUS claimed that the group has collected more than 1.5 million pageviews.
CreeperComforts is also a moderator for r/ProjectPanda, a group intended to discuss r/creepshots, the legality of taking photos of women in public, and techniques on how to take the best pictures. His last public comment on Reddit was made 12 days ago.
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.