I think that this story is quite interesting. A reddit user recently created a "confession bear" meme that confessed to murder. Reaction to the post was split, as some users were unsure as to whether it was true or not. Some users hacked/obtained the users details and they were posted online, with some users apparently saying that they would pass his details on to the FBI. The guy then backtracked and said it was a joke.
I think that this raises several issues. Previously Reddit users wanted to protect the privacy of their users, even if the posts were legally questionable or straight-out illegal.
Do you think that it was right to hack this persons details and post them online?
Isn't this hypocritical of a userbase that previous defended the rights of users that posted illegal or morally wrong material(Jailbait)?
Reddit user confesses to Murder Watch
- Thread Starter
- 11-04-2013 15:33
- Section Leader
- 11-04-2013 16:28
Well, it certainly breaks Reddit unwritten rule #1. It depends how deeply convicted people are to that ideal of ultimate online privacy - given that he is potentially a murderer, it might sway people. On the other hand, there was a significant camp protecting the privacy of the Reddit troll (I forget his name) who was involved in all sorts of highly questionable behaviour, such as taking 'creepshots' of women and posting them online, and lost his job when his identity was revealed. The same people might back the privacy of this guy.
I think that the Reddit community is, on the whole, split. You have the hardcore techno-libertarians on the one side, and on the other the generally-liberal types with a more pragmatic approach working on degrees of acceptability rather than black and white categorisations of it.
Personally, I am not against the publishing of his identity - if you claim to members of the public that you are guilty of murder, there is no reason to think you should be immune from investigation.
- 11-04-2013 19:25
I was going to say "yes, of course it's right", but then I reconsidered. For the hackers to forward the info onto the police is indeed commendable, but to release into the public domain is not.
I don't agree with vigilante 'justice', but how do they even know they've got the right guy?