Last week I saw a video put out by a girl who was outed to her parents by someone who found her address and sent them a letter. I looked at her YouTube channel and saw that she had a P.O. box listed for her fans to send her things, but her home address was not listed. Someone took the time to search out the address of her parents and wrote a vile letter outing her, making her terrified about what would happen to her. I don’t know how that ended, someone suggested that it may not have really happened and she made it up. I don’t know her or all the circumstances, but regardless of the details, this is not something that has not happened to others.
Last night I was shocked to see that a Tumblr blogger not only tracked someone’s IP information and posted it, but they took it one step further and posted an aerial map image of the person’s home. This all happened because they believed the other blogger had sent them an nasty anonymous message. Knowing this other blogger well, I can assure you that anon is not her style. Again, the reason this was done is irrelevant, the FACT that it happened is inexcusable.
This is the internet, many of us share a lot of personal things on here, but we choose what we put out. If you want to attack someone for something they post, go for it, we know the risk we take when we put things up on our blog. If someone is threatening, or taking things past the boundaries of appropriate that make you fearful, track them if you must, but then report them to whoever you think needs to know about it, be it the Tumblr Admins, or a higher level of authority if necessary.
What you should NEVER do is publish anyone’s personal information, no matter how vile they may be or you may think them to be. This is how people get hurt. You never know what your followers will do. You don’t know who lives down the street from the person you’ve just exposed that will confront them in person and possibly harm them or their family. You need to think beyond the moment when you do something like this, because there can be repercussions.
So argue all you want. Call people on what you perceive to be their bullshit. But DO NOT publish their personal information. Stop and consider if you’d like your information available to everyone. There are people here who blog about their sexuality, atheism, or politics in secret. They are are not open to their friends and family. What really shocked me last night was that the blogger who posted the personal information was a gay blogger! Outing people like that, and the possible implications of that outing should have been evident to them, but clearly it was not.
I know I’m probably talking to the air with this post, but it’s just something that had to be said. ~ Kim
What the bloody hell happened on tumblr last night???
(reblogged from abaldwin360)
I intended to unfollow you temporarily until you were done participating in the sanctimonious cyberbullying of a guy who has repeatedly apologized for what he said. He has offered no excuses, only one explanation (the heat of an 8-hour flame war) for his actions. But since you decided to
make a public thingbe a prick about it, I won’t be re-following you after all. I will, however, tell you that if you post something good and I come across it, I’ll promote it. I promote plenty of posts that I don’t 100% agree with, and I post things from people I don’t 100% agree with or who have subjected me to the same cyberbullying that TAA is being subjected to now, simply because their post was too good not to promote. — Ryking
I am being a prick about it, I’ve come to a level of comfort with pricki-ness.
: nolite :
followed by: 1,170
: i h8 religion :
following: same as above
followed by: 7,856
Damnit Tyler, you and your humongous follower dick!!!
Well, well… Tumblr FTW.
And this is EXACTLY what occupy wall street is all about!
This is why I love Tumblr.
Even Greyface knows Eris exists.
Even Krampus knows Santa Claus exists…Even children know the boogie man exists.… . .
Even Pierre Bezukhov knows The Doctor exists…
Even the Master knows the Doctor exists.
Even Team Rocket knows Pikachu exists.
Even Voldemort knows Harry Potter exists.
Even Megatron knows Optimus Prime exists.