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Pa. suspect charged with posting child porn on Tumblr

Jonathan Mostafa

Jonathan Mostafa

30-year-old Jonathan Mostafa, of Chestnuthiil Township, Pennsylvania, was recently arrested for allegedly posting child porn on Tumblr. When the images were discovered Tumblr contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who in turn contacted local police.

I still don’t understand why anyone would post child porn to a service that is owned by a multi-billion dollar corporation like Yahoo and think they could get away with it, but if makes it easier to find creeps like this then more power to ’em.

What really concerns me about this is that Tumblr is in the process of rolling out instant messaging for its users. Between creeps like this and the young userbase of Tumblr I see this as another avenue that predators can use to approach your kids.

Tumblr to get instant messaging and what this means for parents

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Blogging site Tumblr recently announced that they are rolling out an instant messaging service for users. Between its popularity with teens and guys who like to post child porn on it this should be a concern for parents.

According to the official announcement by Tumblr any user can message any other user by default. Settings can be changed to block any person that you’re not following. So potentially your child can be messaged by anyone on Tumblr. I’m not saying that your child will be approached by every predator on Tumblr however, it is one more avenue that they’ve been given.

The messaging service will be available on both desktop (pcs and laptops) and mobile (phone and tablet) platforms. So all anyone needs to access this service is a device and a wifi connection. If you’re a parent this is one more instant messaging app that you need to be aware of in order to better protect your kids.

Child porn poster just wanted to put outrageous things on Tumblr

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Since I’ve started this website I’ve always been fascinated by the excuses that alleged criminals give for their crimes. That fascination grew after the popularity of the To Catch A Predator series when most of the suspects were asked why they were there said they just wanted to hang out.

For example take 25-year-old Krishna Royster, of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said they found a number of child porn images being posted to Tumblr. Investigators are said to have allegedly traced the images back to Royster’s computer. This is supposedly how Royster explained his actions to police

When they later confronted him, police said Royster admitted uploading the images to Tumblr but claimed he didn’t have any urges to act on what he saw with children.

“He said he just tried to put outrageous things on Tumblr and the child pornography photos and videos were part of that,” police said Royster told them.

Why didn’t you say so? That makes everything ok. You’re free to leave. It really can be like listening to a 6-year-old trying to explain why the lamp is broken. There is no excusing child porn for whatever reason.

Creep posted child porn to Tumblr for ‘his own purposes’

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I hate to give any kind of criminal tips on how to commit their crimes but why do so many child porn purveyors post their wares to any kind of social networking or blogging site?

For example take 55-year-old Samuel Silverstein of Glendale, Wisconsin. He was arrested for allegedly posting child porn to the blogging platform Tumblr. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are said to have contacted authorities when the child porn was discovered. At the time of his arrest Silverstein was reported to have told investigators that the child porn he allegedly posted was for his own use. First, ick. Secondly, I seriously doubt that anyone posting child porn to Tumblr wasn’t trying to share it. Lastly, Tumblr is already messed up enough without people feeling the need to post child porn on it.

Tumblr’s porn spam problem

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Everything I post here on WordPress gets posted to my Tumblr account for cross promotional purposes. If someone with their own Tumblr likes something you post they’ll leave a note. A note in the Tumblr equivalent of a Facebook like.

The other day I posted the story about the man from Washington who was raping his 6-year-old step-daughter and offering her up on craigslist. When it crossposted to Tumblr the post immediately got a note. I didn’t think much of it because there’s a decent sized anti-human trafficking community on Tumblr. The note said that so and so’s account liked this. It also provides a link to the user’s Tumblr page. I clicked the link not knowing what to expect and I was greeted with a very vivid animated gif of a woman getting railed with a link that said “click here for the video”.

I’m not opposed to ‘adult entertainment’ per se however everything needs to be in context. I realize it’s probably just some spam bot searching for certain keywords but remember, this was a story about the rape of a 6-year-old girl. What keywords did I use that tripped their script?

The real problem is even though I blocked the account the note still remains on my Tumblr post. I have yet to find a way to remove it without removing valid notes on other posts. If this is happening to me I imagine it’s happening to others as well. What if it’s happening to the blog of a rape survivor or a child that survived being molested? What does that say about Tumblr?

UPDATE 6/22/2015: Tumblr eventually removed the offending note after I had contacted them which is fine however, shouldn’t this be an option for the user without having to contact Tumblr?

We get Tumblrs: MyRedBook was not a “sex trafficking website”

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I previously posted about Eric Omuro and his former website MyRedbook. The TL;DR version is that MyRedbook was a San Francisco Bay area prostitution website in the vein of Backpage that was shut down by the feds and Mr. Omuro was charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering and pleaded guilty to those charges. In those posts I referred to MyRedbook, and in my opinion rightfully so, as a sex trafficking website.

More recently I posted an update to the story where Mr. Omuro was forced to forfeit a rather large sum of money as part of his plea deal. When I post a minor update like that, rather than making a an entire new post out of it I just add a snippet of text and a link to the previous post. Then what I do is send out the update on my social networking accounts. One of those accounts happens to be Tumblr. That update was reblogged on Tumblr by someone with the following…

MyRedBook was not a “sex trafficking website”, and its closure has made life significantly more dangerous for workers in the states in which it operated. Don’t spout ignorant shit.

First off one of the charges that Eric Omuro pleaded guilty to was facilitating prostitution. Where there is prostitution there is inevitably going to be women and girls who are being trafficked against their will, even in self-contained bubbles of counter-culture like San Francisco. Secondly that argument that websites like MyRedbook or Backpage make sex workers safer is specious at best. If anything it’s as dangerous or even more dangerous as the number of murders, rapes, and assaults that happen to sex workers who advertise on Backpage and Craigslist can attest to. Since sites like MyRedbook and Backpage make prostitution as easy and ubiquitous as ordering a pizza that increases not only the number of girls and women being trafficked but also the number of those that become victims to violent crimes committed by johns.

If you are in the sex industry I always recommend getting out before you get hurt. While I realize it’s not always easy there are resources for you, some of which can be found down the right hand column of this website under the heading of Sex Trafficking Resources.

Valentine’s mall shooting plot sheds light on Columbiners

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Back in February police in both the U.S. and Canada foiled a mass shooting plot that was to take place on Valentine’s Day at the Halifax Shopping Centre in Nova Scotia. There were three suspects, two male and one female. All three were self-admitted Columbiners.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term a Columbiner is someone who is basically a fanboy, or girl, of the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. On the internet they exist mostly on Tumblr but in years past they congregated on LiveJournal and Xanga. I used to refer to them as mutants, like radiation exposed subhumans that dwell in sewers kind of mutants.

I’m not going to name these three Columbiners accused of this plot because that’s what they want most of all. what they perceive as fame but what we call infamy. In this case I’m surprised that the alleged plotters planned on Valentine’s day for their proposed crime. Usually the Columbiners aren’t original enough to plan anything that’s not on the anniversary of Columbine. They’re still not original as Valentine’s day is also the day of one of the most infamous crimes in North American history. Speaking of unoriginal, one of the male suspects took his own life while police were advancing on his location, much like his cowardly heroes.

The article I linked to also talks to author and friend of the site Dave Cullen. Mr. Cullen is not very popular with the Columbiners since his book ‘Columbine’ does not paint the killers in the most flattering light. Let’s see what he has to say about them…

“There are people who are just interested in the crime and are typically obsessive about it, but there’s also definitely a fandom,” he said.

“There’s a subset of those who are females. A lot of them are fan-fiction types of things of girls with their imagined sexual exploits with them,” Cullen said.

He’s not kidding folks. Years ago I came across a Columbiner message board where one grown woman legitimately believed she had sex with the ghost of Dylan Klebold and had his ghost babies. I wish I was making that up.

They continue with Mr. Cullen…

Cullen noted that one Columbiner’s intro page on her website expressing admiration for Harris contains an inaccuracy in nearly every line, right down to erroneously claiming the gunman’s favourite film was Natural Born Killers. It wasn’t, according to Cullen.

“Most of what she says in her overview is wrong and just demonstrates a cursory knowledge, as someone who’s obsessed, but not obsessed enough to find out if she’s got it right,” he said. “This is who we’re dealing with here.

Like believing that Columbine was caused by bullying. It wasn’t and there is no evidence to support that.

Being a Columbiner is not a normal thing. It’s not just a phase. In my opinion it’s more a sign of mental illness and should be treated as such. If your kids are like this get them the help they need immediately before they’re arrested or worse.

UPDATE 11/27/2016: One of the male suspects was sentenced to 10 years in Canadian prison.

UPDATE 4/13/2017: The 25-year-old female suspect has pleaded guilty, and is expected to be sentenced in October.

We get letters through Tumblr: You’re an asshole

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

The real and forgotten victims of the WM3

I received this message through my Tumblr page the other day…

You’re an asshole leave Damien Echols alone wtf

Normally I would have dismissed this as just being from another chalupa. (Side note: Thrice convicted child killer Damien Echols refers to his fans as chupacabras so I call them chalupas which I’ve been told is an insult to chalupas but I digress.) But before I clicked on the delete icon I curiously clicked on this person’s Tumblr name. Now I’m not going to divulge the account in question because I don’t want to invite harassment on someone who is obviously a confused child.

Turns out this girl was not just a fan of Echols but also Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes, Columbine cowards Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and non-repentant school shooter T.J. Lane. I was greeted by animated gifs of school shooters while a lot of the posts were doe eyed tributes to Damian Echols. This girl feels about mass murderers like most girls would gush on about their favorite music group or celebrity.

What you’re doing is not normal, not even by counter-culture standards. It is an indication of a deeper-rooted mental illness and you should get help. I’m telling you this because it’s obvious your parent(s) either don’t know or don’t care or both. If this kind of activity carries into adulthood you could end up being one of those women who end up marrying death row inmates, also not normal by any standard. Not to mention that by idolizing these mass killers you’re enabling future killers.

Be an individual, don’t let yourself be defined by a Tumblr hashtag.

The Tumblr child porn files

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Just some people who have been arrested for allegedly posting child porn to micro-blogging site Tumblr.

62-year-old Richard Comenzo, a public defender from Massachusetts using the screen name of ‘XBostonDad’ He’s also accused of soliciting children for sex. Tumblr reported him to the NCMEC.

47-year-old Billy Scott McGhee and 36-year-old Aaron N. Landers, both of Bristow, Virginia have also been arrested for allegedly posting child porn to Tumblr. Authorities were again notified by the NCMEC.

I don’t know what it is about Tumblr that attracts the pedos but this should serve as warning that they need to stop. As I’ve mentioned before Tumblr is owned by Yahoo which used to have a bad reputation when it came to dealing with predators in their chat rooms. They’re not making the same mistake with Tumblr and they will turn you in.

Self-harm hashtags

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Any social network worth its salt these days allows its users to use hashtags. For the uninitiated hashtags are keywords that allow users to find other posts with similar interests and are usually preceded by the pound sign (#). Unfortunately some of those interests may be detrimental to the user.

In the past I’ve talked about certain self-harming behaviors like the pro-ana movement. That’s where people, mostly young girls, believe that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are lifestyle choices and use ‘Thispiration’ or thinspo for short as their rallying cry. Other self-harm behaviors I have not talked much about before are self-cutting or self-mutilation and the ultimate self-harming, suicide.

In the past some social networks have banned certain hashtags that promote self-harm such as Tumblr and Instagram. However those in the self-harming community are supposedly using new and supposedly secret hashtags like #sue and #secretsociety123.

This is all part of a much larger problem than just teens on social sites. In this day and age of alleged social enlightenment there is still a stigma on mental health treatment. Just because your son or daughter may need mental health treatment that does not make them broken or any less of a person. And if you are a teen and you know someone who is seeking or receiving mental health treatment you should be giving them your support. Self-harm in any way shape or form is not normal or healthy. If you are self-harming please get off of the social sites where there are triggers abound and ask your parents or school about finding resources to get help.

There is no shame in wanting to get better.