Man charged with operating revenge porn site arrested in Oklahoma


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What seems particularly heinous about WinByState.com, which is still a fully operational service at the time of this blog post

Funny, following a post about trolling.


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Mr Meyering was indicted on charges of Felony Being a Total Scumbag (6 specimen counts) and Aggravated Waste of Oxygen (1 offense). Additional charges may follow.


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The guy is a total scumbag. However, how about accurate reporting? Instead of

[quote=“xeni, post:1, topic:22908”]
What seems particularly heinous about WinByState.com, which is still a fully operational service at the time of this blog post: it was promoted as “a user supported website where you can trade your ex-girlfriend, your current girlfriend, or any other girl that you might know.”[/quote]

The image shown with the post does not talk about trading the women; rather, it talks about trading pics and videos of them. Vastly different, and way less heinous.


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Justice is sweet.


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If you think the AG got it wrong drop them a line.


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The site is down now.


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Human trafficking != revenge porn


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That was how the site described/promoted itself, not an association made by the AG/anyone else.


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I agree, calling it human trafficking is ridiculously out of proportion, no one is trading actual people. not to mention what a belittlement to all the poor people who actually experience human trafficking it is to conflate the two grossly different things. not that i condone either, but my god people, have some sense of proportion and decency.

there is an order of magnitude difference between:
human trafficking - physically enslaving a human and taking away their freedom and humanity and subjugating them to unspeakable brutality and often rape, and selling them as property to another human for the same.
revenge porn - sharing a photograph of a person that they’d prefer wasn’t shared but that they let the person sharing take in the first place.


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No it isn’t. Go back and actually read what @Xeni wrote. Probably just a typo, but damn.


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Read the OAG press release, Xeni uses the precise quote that the OAG does, which itself took it from the website in question. Xeni says “promotes” the OAG says “describes” but you tell me, what does descriptive copy in a website represent but promotion?

No one is equating human trafficking with with this. The site explicitly represents the victims as “wins”, creating some sort of trade system whereby these “wins” (the photo subjects" are some sort of chit. Thus the “wins” are not representative the photo, but the victim, who can then be further victimized by the extortion take-down policy if they realize they are on the site.

Now think for a second longer, you think Xeni was conflating actual human trafficking through a website (ignoring the problems of stuffing bodies in a router(J/K)) with what was going on here, the trading of explicit photos as tokens representing the victim(ization)? Really, you thought that?


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It would appear that the OAG press release was, at best, paraphrasing. Look at the screenshot from the website itself, which is attached in the OP, which is different from the text in the press release. The site is down now, but the latest internet archive cache of the site shows that same image, and no other descriptive text.

All of this, of course, is besides the point. Nobody here is equating this to human trafficking, the headline of the post calls it a revenge porn site. Everybody knows what the site is actually about. At worst, Xeni is quoting a misquote of the site’s terrible self-description.

What I take issue with from Xeni’s post is this:

And yes, that’s further proof that GoDaddy is for douchebags.

Listen, not everybody is dialed in to just how much of an asshole GoDaddy’s CEO is. The SOPA controversy is something like a year and a half old now, which is DECADES in internet time, his elephant hunt was back in 2011. And they appear to have steered away from the sexist ad thing lately (I don’t really see ads much, but if memory serves, their Superbowl ad was non-sexist this year). So when your average clueless non-techy, socially-unconscious schlub googles “domain name registration” or “web site hosting” and the first results that show up are GoDaddy? It’s not a big surprise that they are the ones that end up getting used more often than not. GoDaddy is not (exclusively) for douchebags, GoDaddy is the go-to web hosting and domain registrar for the clueless masses.


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