Facebook vigilantes strike again: Accuse KS man of sex trafficking

Facebook vigilantes strike again: Accuse KS man of sex trafficking

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.

Ohio Craigslist vigilante sentenced to life

Craigslist vigilante sentenced to life in Ohio killing

William Knight

Back in March…of last year, 64-year-old craigslist vigilante William Knight, of Streetsboro, Ohio, shot and killed a man he thought had stolen his son-in-law’s dirt bike. Knight found the bike being sold on craigslist and decided to confront the seller in Akron. The only problem is, the seller wasn’t the person who stole the bike. Knight killed 24-year-old Keith Johnson who had bought the bike from someone the year before. Knight claimed self-defense, but witnesses say Johnson was trying to flee at the time of the shooting. Originally, Knight was only charged with involuntary manslaughter. Later, a grand jury indicted Knight for murder.

Earlier last month, Knight was convicted by a jury of murder, and later that month, he was sentenced to life in prison. ‘

Initially, Knight had informed police he was going to meet the seller, but something more pressing drew the police’s attention so Knight didn’t wait on them. If you find something of yours that was stolen listed on a site or app like craigslist, don’t go to meet the seller yourself. Instead, call the police and let them handle it. It’s kind of their job. While the media loves to tell stories about civilians whose stolen stuff ended up on craigslist and got it back by confronting the thief, there are so many things that could go wrong in that situation that it’s too dangerous to conduct such a sting on your own. There’s no stolen property that’s worth the cost of your life.

Man becomes victim of OfferUp vigilantes

Man becomes victim of OfferUp vigilantes

A man in Aberdeen, Washington, was held captive and beaten by three people who thought the man burglarized their home. The people had originally caught two other people who were trying to rob their home. The robbers indicated a third person was involved in the robbery. Rather than calling police they tracked down this man through OfferUp. The victim was selling a phone through the app and when he got to the meeting place the people tied him up and pistol whipped him before calling police.

“The way the guy looked when he was trying to cock his gun and it jammed,” Peterson explains. “He got mad at me because he couldn’t knock me out so he just kept beating me even harder with the bat. I thought this is it, you know?”

Needless to say, the would be crimefighters were arrested and the victim is not believed to have had any actual involvement in the robbery.

So first off, the vigilantes actually believed the word of two other people who broke into their home. Why would criminals have any reason to lie, right? Secondly, while bizarre and unlikely to happen, this is just another reason to use a police station for a meeting place when using an app like OfferUp. Lastly, leave the crime fighting to the professionals. You’re not Batman, you’re not The Punisher, hell, you’re not even Hawkeye.

Facebook refuses to remove hoax picture accusing man of child abuse

Facebook refuses to remove hoax picture accusing man of child abuse

I originally posted about the Cody Wright child abuse accusation here, back in December of 2015. For the TL;DR version someone posted an uncensored version of the above picture on Facebook. I believe the picture to be a hoax because there has been no arrest, no criminal charges and no mentions in the media in over a year. Even though there is no factual evidence to support the accusations, the photo still gets spread around Facebook like it’s gospel. People who claim it’s true can’t even agree where it took place. Some say it’s New Hampshire, others say it’s Manchester in the UK, some say it’s Florida and one person has even claimed that it happened in Manchester, Indiana. This story has all the markings of being an urban legend, born out of a false accusation.

Right now, a new round of infecting the less intelligent among us on Facebook has occurred, and this time it’s been shared over 500,000 times. Since it’s going around again I thought not only would I remind the Facebook zombies that there is no proof that it’s true, I’m also going to share my story of trying to get the photo removed from Facebook. I mean, we hear all the time about how Facebook is trying to fight ‘fake news’, yet they’ll let a baseless and possibly libelous picture that has the potential to destroy an innocent man’s life spread like a disease on their network.

First off, let’s talk about the numbers. The post I attribute to the first main spread of this misinformation has been shared over 43,000 times since it first appeared in late 2015.

The second post that seems to have spurred the latest rash of postings was also posted in December of 2015, and since that time has been shared almost 600,000 times.

I thought to myself that this has to stop. Surely, this picture violates some part of Facebook’s terms of service. Well, according to Facebook, it doesn’t.

I reported the first post as harassment and this is the reply I received. I removed the names of the posters because I’m not an irrational douche, but I digress.

Then I reported the second posting as inciting violence, and this was the response I got from Facebook.

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So let me get this straight. Posting what basically amounts to a bounty poster and the picture of a severely injured child with no evidence to back up the accusations doesn’t violate ANY of your ‘Community Standards’, even though posts like this in the past have severely damaged innocent people’s lives? Yet God forbid you post a picture of a mother breastfeeding her baby and Facebook will bring the wrath of God down upon you.

If anyone is reading this, who has a decent heart, go to Facebook and search for ‘Cody Wright’ Manchester’ and you should be able to find the original posts. Please report them to Facebook. Maybe if enough people report it we can finally put these unfounded accusations to rest. Also, please consider sharing this story on Facebook. Maybe if this post can become as viral as the original picture we can get it taken down.

Lastly, to those of you who believe it’s true, show me proof. Not third-hand information you heard from the girl’s cousin’s brother’s roommate. I mean actual evidence, like an arrest report or news article. Until then, shut the fuck up, sit the fuck down, and move away from whatever device you’re using because you’re just making the rest of Facebook as dumb as you.

UPDATE 3/29/2017: I found another instance of the picture being shared. This time it had been shared over 100,000 times. I reported this one to Facebook as well and again I received the same answer.

Someone with more cache than I have needs to ask Facebook why this is considered acceptable by their ‘community standards’. If anyone reading this happens to be a reporter or journalist, could you please submit a media request to Facebook asking them why they think this is the best use for their platform?

Facebook vigilantes humiliate man waiting for his child at school

Facebook vigilantes humiliate man waiting for his child at school

In case you needed another reason why you shouldn’t share everything you see on Facebook, a Kansas City man was humiliated on Facebook after doing nothing more than walking.

A black man was waiting to pick up his child in school in order to walk the child home. While waiting, he decided to walk around the neighborhood when a local woman pulled up in her car, took a picture of the man and said “I got you.” She then allegedly posted the man’s picture on a neighborhood Facebook page with the warning that her neighbors should watch out for this man. The picture made it back to the man’s friends and family which he says has left him humiliated.

This man says he just wants to put it behind him, but if I was him I would be pursuing legal actions to make an example out of this woman for being such a racist, and for spreading such bullshit on the already polluted pages of Facebook.

In the past, I’ve posted about how such posts have ruined the lives of people, and even caused one man to take his own life. If you know someone who shares unfounded trash like this on Facebook, consider sharing this or any of the other stories with them. It may be blunt, but they probably deserve it.

Facebook vigilantes harass wrong woman in gorilla killing

Facebook vigilantes harass wrong woman in gorilla killing

Since the greater American public at large seems to value the life of an animal over that of a child, Facebook lynch mobs rose up to seek out Michelle Gregg. That’s the name of the woman whose son fell into the gorilla cage at the Cincinnati zoo which led to one of the zoo’s gorillas being killed in order to protect the child. The outraged masses took to Facebook in order to send hate mail and death threats to Michelle Gregg, except they were sending their vitriol to the wrong Michelle Gregg. The Michelle Gregg involved with the zoo incident is said to have quickly deleted her online presence after the story hit the media, so an innocent woman was harassed in her stead. The Ms. Gregg that was still on Facebook took it all in stride and handled the harassment with style and aplomb as can be seen here courtesy of FAIL BLOG Continue reading

Vigilantes hit wrong man with car in Detroit Kik kreeper case

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Recently in Detroit authorities have been looking for a suspect who allegedly targeted an 11-year-old girl on mobile messaging app Kik among other possible victims. Instead of letting police do their job one member of a victim’s family allegedly took it upon themselves to hit a 19-year-old male with their car who they thought was the suspect. Detroit police say the man had nothing to do with the crime but that didn’t stop an actual mob from forming and ending up with a man being literally hit by a moving vehicle. Even if this man had happened to be the suspect this act would have more than likely damaged any kind of prosecution against him. Now as it stands members of the initial victim’s family could be facing criminal charges. Vigilantes are only cool in comic books and on TV, leave their actions there.

No word on if this man was first wrongly blamed on Facebook but I wouldn’t doubt it.

Follow-up to the Cody Wright picture on Facebook

Facebook refuses to remove hoax picture accusing man of child abuse

In the days since my last post about the above picture making the rounds on Facebook I’ve had several people claiming to be family of the victim leaving comments claiming that this is not a hoax. I’m still not convinced it’s not a hoax considering that for one everyone claiming to be a family member is an extended family member. That’s the familial version of a friend of a friend. Secondly, simple questions about the matter go unanswered like what police department is currently searching for him. It’s obviously not the Manchester, New Hampshire, police since there’s no mention of Wright anywhere in their wanted list or on any of their social media.

Also the ‘family’ seemed to overlook my second statement about the matter that even if the abuse allegations are true, posting this picture could jeopardize the investigation and any possible prosecution. Especially considering some of the language being used in some of the Facebook posts related to the matter

Were you at asshole I’d like to do that to you your a candyass punk little bitch your going to love jail

Nigga I would kill you if that was my child she nor even mine and this shit got me wanting to see this njgga and fuck him up wih a crowbar facts how could u do this to that baby wtf she do to deserve to get beat up you are a scum to this earth I hope someone fucks you in your ass every night till u begging it to be over fuck face

Low life piece of shit!! Come to maine! I ‘ll show u ur punk ass wont survive in any hood…starting w those fingers of urs….run but u cant hide!

I’ll beat his ass if I saw him make him member that ass whooping then go turn us both in

And so on.

Not to mention that the earliest I could find that this was posted on Facebook so far is December 10th. So you’re going to tell me that thus guy has been on the run from police this long and there’s been absolutely no mention of these alleged crimes outside of Facebook?

The combined facts, or lack thereof, makes the whole situation highly suspect.

I’ll just leave this here for a lot of you…

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Stop sharing the Cody Wright picture on Facebook

UPDATE 3/27/2018: At the request of the victim’s mother, I have removed the victim’s picture.

3/2017: UPDATE: There’s still no evidence any of this happened, but I’ve posted a new entry about how Facebook refuses to remove the picture.

1/2017 UPDATE: Let me save you some time since this is making the rounds again on Facebook. There still have been no criminal charges filed. The police do not currently have any arrest warrants out. Just because your friend’s uncle’s cousin’s roommate said it was true doesn’t make it so. If a crime has been committed, by reposting this picture on Facebook you’re actually impeding the investigation. In short, stop being a dumbass.

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(Original post 12/30/2015)

So I regrettably open up Facebook this morning and I’m greeted with this photo posted by way too many people who should know better.

Facebook refuses to remove hoax picture accusing man of child abuse

I can almost guarantee that this is a hoax.

First off the earliest I found this posted to Facebook was December 18th. That’s over a week ago, I would imagine that in that time if these allegations were true someone would have notified the police about this. According to the Manchester Police Department’s website a Cody Wright is not currently on the run (pdf) nor is someone by that name in custody anywhere in the state of New Hampshire. There are currently no news articles in New Hampshire or anywhere else mentioning any crimes committed by a Cody Wright. Nothing about it anywhere of importance in the past 12 days except the cackling hen-house that is Facebook.

More than likely you’re spreading the photo of an innocent man. If you think there’s no harm in doing that I’ll remind you about Chad Michael Lesko who was accused of child rape on Facebook. That turned out to be false but not after he and his mother received thousands of death threats. It turned out that the post was started by a friend of a woman he broke up with. That could very well be the same situation with the alleged Mr. Wright.

Even if this story turns out to be true, which I almost guaran-damn-tee it isn’t, let the police do their job. By posting and reposting this meme saying that he should be found before the cops find him could potentially ruin any chance of prosecution.

I know too many of you believe Facebook is the truth and the way and the light but it wouldn’t kill you to get off of Zuckerberg’s teat every once in a while and think for your damn self.

UPDATE 1/9/2016: I was going through some Facebook posts about the situation to see if anything new has developed and lo and behold I found this. It seems that there may have been a response by the Manchester PD after all…

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The release from Manchester PD goes as follows…

**POLICE RESPONSE**

MPD RESPOND TO INJURED CHILD POST

To: Press

11 December 2015

A picture has surfaced on social media, specifically on Facebook of a child with injuries.

The Manchester Police Department is currently investigating as to whether or not there is a criminal aspect to the case.

We as an agency would not and did not submit or post these photographs. Furthermore, the investigation remains in its infantile stage and no one is wanted at this time.

So this response was made a day after the original picture went up yet that still didn’t stop the yokels from organizing a Facebook lynch mob that is still reposting the picture as if it’s gospel.

UPDATE 1/25/2016: Once again the Manchester Emergency Alert Center has reached out to the Manchester, NH, police and this is how they responded.

We received a response from Juvenile Services stating that there is an investigation but as stated earlier, no active warrants have been issued. No new information is being released. They did praise MEAC for reaching out and for not promoting erroneous information being spread on social media. We would also like to thank those followers who did reach out to us for answers before jumping on the bandwagon. The MPD will do their job and if there is a crime, those responsible will be held accountable.

It can also be found at this link.

However I wanted to stress this point, “The MPD will do their job and if there is a crime, those responsible will be held accountable.”

So again, if a crime has been committed let the police handle it.

Facebook vigilantes beat California homeless man because of hoax

Here is just one more reason why you shouldn’t believe everything that’s posted on Facebook.

A group of Facebook vigilantes in Modesto, California, beat a homeless man after someone posted the following to Facebook.

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Guess what kids. It was a hoax.

Modesto police even contacted the person who allegedly first posted it…

“She was a friend of a friend of a friend who posted this information on Facebook,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves explained.

Was this friend of a friend of a friend also attacked after not flashing her high beams or pricked by a syringe full of AIDS?

Luckily the man wasn’t seriously injured and did not press charges against his attackers.

I don’t even know what to add at this point because it’s not like anyone is going to leave Facebook or stop spreading any bullshit that someone posts but if you have one of those kind of Facebook friends you may want to show them this post.