The operator of a revenge porn site website I’ve previously written about shut down his site, declared it to be under new ownership, and re-launched the website with a new name: mine. The site is named and designed to give the impression that I operate the site. I don’t.
It’s a clever, albeit unsettling, act of revenge by a revenge porn site owner. It’s certainly more galling than the (usually) feeble threats of physical or legal harm, more annoying than the guy who sent me 250,000 emails, and more facepalm-inducing than the plethora of ridiculous accusations and ‘profiles’ that have popped up, among other desperate reactions. Ultimately, however, it will prove to be ineffective: the site will continue to be difficult to find, victims who have contacted me have quickly seen through the true owner’s motivations, and I’m not in the slightest deterred from writing about this issue.
The individual I’ve previously identified as being involved in — if not himself running — the site has previously denied his involvement. You can weigh for yourself whether his initial denial was credible and whether a “new” owner would be motivated to launch a site in my name.
I’m not naming the site’s address, and you shouldn’t try to find it. If the involuntary aspect of it were not enough to dissuade patronization of the site, then – as I’ve previously written — the fact that a number of victims had written to the site’s owner complaining that they were underage in the photos should. If not, please have your moral compass calibrated.
If you are a victim of the site, please get in touch with me and I’m more than happy to help you seek pro bono legal counsel or put you in touch with others who can help.