It seems the Facebook vigilantes have graduated from Facebook itself to being vigilantes in meatspace. Previously these keyboard commandos would accuse people of various offenses online with little to no proof. Actions like this have not only ruined people’s lives but have caused others to take their own lives. Now, some of these groups are taking to the streets.
NBC News recently published an article online about a twig of a man from Bristol, Connecticut who calls himself ‘Incognito’ who runs a vigilante group called POPSquad. They’re a combination of Perverted Justice and a YouTube version of To Catch a Predator. They basically entrap people into meeting them under the guise that their targets are on their way to meeting an underage child for sex. They then video the encounter and post it to the internet. One of their more recent targets took his own life after being confronted by the ‘twigilantes’. This suicide makes them judge, jury, and executioner.
Incognito. (Seriously, who is afraid of this twig boy?)
While I’m no fan of sexual predators I’m also not a fan of mob rule. Not only do you not have the right to take the law into your own hands, but you’re also playing with fire. One day you’re going to mess with the wrong guy and end up receiving an ass beating at best or a toe tag at worst. Why the police haven’t arrested these assclown wannabe Batmen is beyond me.
Let the police do their job. Instead of trying to feel like a big man by basically entrapping people why don’t you instead teach parents the dangers of social media. And you say that…
“There’s two types of people who don’t like POPSquad: We either caught you or you know somebody that we caught.”
Well, I’m neither. I’m someone who respects the rule of law and doesn’t appreciate your untrained and amateurish brand of justice that will end up doing more harm than good.
In 2011, a then 17-year-old Tyler Hadley of Port St. Lucie, Florida, killed both of his parents with a claw hammer before dragging their bodies to their bedroom. While the bodies of Mary Jo and Blake Hadley remained in the bedroom, Tyler Hadley threw a party for all of his Facebook friends. He even showed one of his friends the corpses of his murdered parents.
The judge presiding over the sentencing had this to say…
“The defendant displayed perverse premeditation, heartless cruelty and savagery, extreme violence, a willingness to mutilate and absolute depravity,” the judge declared. “Considering the victims were blood relatives and were killed up close and personally with a handheld tool, it’s obvious the defendant was fueled by a long, simmering, passionate hatred toward those who loved him the most.”
I’m satisfied that Hadley received two life sentences although I would have preferred them to be served consecutively again. It was also good to see a maniac like this put away for life despite the best efforts of the Supreme Court. Personally, I have no problem with minors being sentenced to LWOP for certain offenses like premeditated murder. If a teenager doesn’t understand that murder is not only illegal but inherently wrong then they’re too stupid to be among the rest of us anyway.
Once again, the idiots of Facebook worked collectively to try to ruin a man’s life just by resharing a post that had absolutely no evidence or truth behind it. A man in Liberal, Kansas, which I understand is not very liberal, was accused of sex trafficking in a Facebook post that took off like wildfire. Facebook removed the post but whoever had it out for this guy took it to the other place where crazy people will believe any bullshit they see, craigslist. Craigslist removed the post after being contacted by local news. Local police say there is no evidence of the man in question being involved in any actual trafficking.
Even though the post was removed, there are still going to people in his area who not only believed the post but will continue to spread the unfounded accusation all throughout town. This man may have to keep defending his reputation in the real world for years to come because of the ever-present Facebook lynch mob that always seems to be looking for reputations to be fed into its cavernous maw. Again, these type of baseless accusations can be incredibly devastating to the people falsely accused and have caused at least one man to take his own life.
If you see people doing this on Facebook, don’t be afraid to call them out. Or send them to me, as I have a history of calling people dumbasses on Facebook.
Parents must set up a child’s Messenger Kids account and approve with whom they can communicate (parents must be friends on Facebook to do so). Kids will not be searchable within the app for privacy reasons.
From a crime perspective this seems like a pretty safe app but still has its drawbacks. Too many parents sign their kids on to an app then let them run free on it, like Musical.ly. While there shouldn’t be the problem of random strangers messaging your child, there’s still the problem of people close to the family who may be trying to groom your child. As the saying goes, kids are more likely to be assaulted by someone they know rather than internet predators.
But let’s discuss what this is really about, Facebook indoctrination. Zuckerberg the Great wants to make sure that kids are raised on Facebook. With so many teens and young adults supposedly flocking to Snapchat from Facebook, they want to make sure future generations will be reliant on Facebook.
If your children really want to talk with grandma over the internet, they can do it with Facetime or Skype while you supervise. Or better yet, call her on the phone.
26-year-old Robert Lufriu, of Hillsborough County, Florida, was arrested for allegedly soliciting nude photos from a 17-year-old female Facebook friend. Lufriu reportedly asked the girl for a picture after she confided a secret to him. He is said to have threatened to tell her parents if she didn’t send him a nude photo. He then is said to have offered the girl $50, alcohol and to take her shopping if she would provide him with more photos.
What a creep and a scumbag. This guy allegedly blackmailed his victim and basically treated her like a prostitute in order to get her to produce what is basically child porn for him. Not only that, but he seems to be at least a friend of the victim’s family. So he possibly betrayed the trust of a family just so he could treat the victim like his own personal porn factory. He even allegedly admitted to the girl’s parents that he asked her for photos.
Not only do you have to worry about strangers approaching your kids online, but in some cases, trusted friends as well. As they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer because you never know when your friend is actually your child’s enemy.
25-year-old Ryan Soto of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was arrested for allegedly soliciting for child porn over social media. Soto was said to have asked users of the social network and dating app MeetMe for child porn and tried enticing people by saying “the more illegal the more $$$”. Thankfully, at least one MeetMe user reported him to police.
When police caught up with Soto, he reportedly admitted to sending explicit pictures of himself to minors on Facebook Messenger and, of course, Kik. (The messaging app full of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors) Police say that Soto had a number of child porn images on his phone as well.
If the material he was asking for wasn’t so abhorrent, his desperation for it would almost be comical.
Whenever I post a story about MeetMe, it saddens me that it used to be MyYearbook, which was originally designed to be a safer alternative to MySpace for teens. Not that it ever was.
Eraserhead Chandler Bing up there is 24-year-old flight attendant Joshua James Kuhn. He is accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl while wielding a machete. The victim went to the Phoenix apartment where Kuhn was after meeting another person on Facebook and agreeing to a date. Kuhn and two other men were also there. The victim tried to defend herself against Kuhn with a knife but Kuhn was able to disarm her. Kuhn is reportedly claiming that the sex was consensual and that ‘she said she was 18’, which is the age of consent in Arizona.
No matter how well your kids think they can defend themselves, nothing is ever absolute, and rarely do situations like that go as planned. Even at the tail end of their teenage years, kids still need to be reminded that not everyone they meet online is necessarily their friend no matter how nice they may seem, and scenarios like this should be avoided.
19-year-old Kung Bik Cem, of Tucker, Georgia, was recently arrested for allegedly trying to rape a woman that he met through Facebook, but the story is much more scary than that. Cem, and a friend, drove from Jacksonville, Florida, to Johnson County, Indiana where his female Facebook friend was attending a wedding. According to Google Maps, that is close to a 900 mile trip, clocking in at roughly 13 hours.
Cem reportedly approached the woman at the wedding and took her cell phone in order to get her into his car. Once in his car he drove off with the woman. She grabbed the wheel, causing the car to go off the road on the local interstate. It was then that Cem is said to have thrown the woman in the back of his car and tried to rape her. He allegedly told the woman that he was going to impregnate her so she would have to marry him. Luckily, if that word can ever be used in stories like this, they were found by an Indiana State Trooper before Cem could rape his victim.
I have a few questions. First off, who the hell thinks in 2017 that if I make you have a rape baby you have to marry me? Cem told police that the stealing of a potential bride was customary in his culture. What culture is that and when was it customary, the Mongol Dynasty maybe? Secondly, what was the friend’s role in all of this? Did he or she agree to Cem’s deranged plan or just think it was a road trip? Lastly, how was this emotionally stunted ignoramus able to function in society before making his road trip of rape?
Be careful who you friend on Facebook, you never know who is going to be a psycho stalker. Continue reading