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Porn bots are taking over the film social networking website Letterboxd

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Nov 24, 2020, 3:47 pm

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Stacey Ritzen

With social media platforms cracking down and website comments sections requiring logins and captcha tests, it's becoming increasingly hard (err, let's say "difficult") for porn bots to swoop in on unsuspecting internet users. Chalk it up to necessity being the mother of invention or what have you, but perhaps this is why porn bots are making the leap to Letterboxd, of all places.

Yes, Letterboxd—the social networking platform that allows users to review and keep track of films they've seen, as well as interact with other cinephiles—has fallen prey to the scourge of the porn bot.

In either case, it seems to be a relatively recent phenomenon, as Film Twitter only began reporting sightings of bots around Nov. 20-21. In the days that have since passed, those reports have increased exponentially.

"Letterboxd needs to take care of their porn bot problem," shared one user, while another perplexingly asked, "Wait wait wait, Letterboxd has porn bots?" Many others are providing screenshots of the porn bot activity they've witnessed, firsthand.

For what it's worth, it seems to be the same handful of porn bots that users are reporting. So, going by that logic‚ it shouldn't be that great of an undertaking for Letterboxd to weed out the offending accounts. Until then, Letterboxd users may want to be on the lookout—that Bad Teacher or What's Eating Gilbert Grape review may not be all that it seems! You've been adequately warned.

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*First Published: Nov 24, 2020, 3:47 pm