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    Default Anonymous Names Names: Outing the Man Who Allegedly Drove Amanda Todd to Suicide

    Anonymous is claiming that Kody Maxson, a 30-year-old (former?) Facebook employee living in New Westminster, British Columbia, is the man who allegedly harassed Vancouver-area 15-year-old Amanda Todd so relentlessly that she took her own life on Oct. 10. In their YouTube video, a Guy Fawkes-outfitted anonybro with an auto-tuned voice reports that Anonymous has discovered a connection between Maxson and Todd, and it looks pretty damning.

    Linking to a Pastebin page with Maxson's personal information, Anonymous lays out pretty specific personal information. Vice takes it a step further by publishing information that allegedly connects the two including screenshots of Google Maps near Maxson's house, more of Maxson's personal info, and screenshots of jailbait websites accounts that appear to link Maxson and Todd. Even though they've blurred out some of the names, you can see the disturbing association painted pretty clearly.

    If Maxson is the creep who Anonymous alleges him to be, he's in for a world of pain, as Facebook groups have already popped up with names like, "Kody maxson WILL die," and "Kody Maxson Better Sleep With 1 Eye Open." After all, he would be the principal orchestrator of Todd's misery the one who originally asked her to flash him, and then proceeded to hunt her down online a year later, demanding (according to the notes in her heartbreaking video) that she put on a show for him or he'd expose her. She didn't, and what happened next is truly awful:
    That's when Amanda got "really sick" she was diagnosed with depression and started drinking and doing drugs to get rid of the anxiety. It didn't help, and the bullying, which grew more intense as more and more people found out about the naked photos, didn't stop. The man created a Facebook page with a list of her friends and school, using Amanda's naked chest as his profile photo. She changed schools, but the bullying followed her there, too. (That's the thing about the internet.)
    As we know, the harassment continued, and eventually culminated in Todd committing suicide. The story blew up but, as usual in cases like this, it was too late to help the actual victim. As Katie rightfully points out:
    But the power of internet anonymity - the sense that you can say whatever you want online, that it doesn't matter - exacerbates the issue, as does a culture that sends young women (and everyone else) mixed messages by teaching them that the only way they'll be loved is if they show off their bodies, unless they do it too often/the wrong way/to the wrong people, in which case, they're sluts.
    In light of Gawker's exposure of notorious troll Violentacrez, and Katie's article about CreepShot-posting creeps being called out, it feels like there's steady momentum in the direction of increased intolerance of this specific brand of internet bullshit.

    Maybe taking away the anonymity of these people won't completely solve the problem, but perhaps it'll slow things down, allowing would-be harassers to think twice. It likely won't stop the real psychopaths, those hell-bent on being creeps, but it'll probably encourage people who aren't 100 percent devoted to being gross to put the brakes on. Plus, there is so much power in peers telling peers: "Hey, what you're doing isn't cool, so knock it the fuck off." I'm guessing that's our most effective weapon in bully culture, the ability of everyone on the sidelines to say, "Shut it down, weirdo!"

    Threatening to expose their asses is the internet equivalent of a badge of shame, but perhaps worse; trite as it is, you can't take the internet off at the end of the day. Your name will always be out there, forever branded. Don't believe me? Just Google "Michael Brutsch."




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    I'm confused about something. This was a guy who perpetually posted naked photos of an underaged person. Why wasn't the FBI pursuing this identity under child porn statutes?
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    I don't think the FBI investigates Canadian cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    I don't think the FBI investigates Canadian cases.
    Canada participates with INTERPOL, though, which goes after child porn cases internationally.
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    He was (is?) a Facebook employee?!? That's terrifying to think who else he could have done this same thing too.
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    I've seen at least one anti-amanda page pop up on my facebook this morning. Rather, an anti-amanda post indicating that she was a slut who got what was coming to her. I find these kids doing things that come back to haunt them disturbing and I also find the media and attention on these types of cases to be overboard. Yes, I think that kids should be aware that the things they do on the internet can (and typically WILL) come back to bite them in the ass ... but frankly, jumping on these cases (being reactive to these cases instead of Proactive) in such big ways doesn't really help. This girl is dead. There is nothing going to bring this kid back - and she was 15 years old and that IS a tragedy that could have been avoided. At this point, or at some point PRIOR to the girl's death, why wasn't the law involved? Where the hell were this kid's parents? What the fuck is going on in the world that someone kills themselves over this kind of thing? The particular post on a "facebook friend's" page indicated that the girl wasn't bullied over the topless pic but because she slept with some other girl's boyfriend - she got slutshamed to death. I do not give a flying rat turd how many other girl's boyfriends she slept with, the thing that I keep coming back to is at what point did the law get involved or was it all AFTER her death?
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    ^ She really did get slutshamed to death. People are vile.
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    I've seen some anti-Amanda stuff too, but it's more along the lines of how the media is blowing up with one death & kids are doing it all over the US/Canada. I'm just horrified that kids are thinking this is an acceptable way to "handle" things...
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    i have seen so much slut-shaming of this poor girl since her story came into the news. tons of comments on pics on the "rip amanda todd" fb page have been horrendous. i have seen teens that i know say she deserved it (and subsequently schooled by me; i'm most def of their shit-lists now ). i just don't get it. i really don't even fathom the treatment of her that i've seen.
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    I just read that someone actually posted this poor kid's autopsy photos (I wonder how the hell that happened). And that Anonymous figured out who that was and outed them, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    I just read that someone actually posted this poor kid's autopsy photos (I wonder how the hell that happened). And that Anonymous figured out who that was and outed them, too.
    There was a girl here that got killed in a car accident. She took off with her dads Porsche and totaled it by crashing into an unmanned toll booth. She was nearly decapitated and two employees from the CHP posted her crash scene photos online and her friends and family had to see them.

    People are vile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    There was a girl here that got killed in a car accident. She took off with her dads Porsche and totaled it by crashing into an unmanned toll booth. She was nearly decapitated and two employees from the CHP posted her crash scene photos online and her friends and family had to see them.

    People are vile.
    I remember that case, and it was terrible. In this case, though, this person already had notoriety for the suffering that she had gone through, and presumably someone working in the police department saw fit to take and circulate photos of this kid's unclad body. I sure as hell hope there is a criminal statute that covers doing something like that -- in addition to being summarily fired.
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    Any adult stalking a teenager needs to be outed and prosecuted IMO.
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    My daughter told me this weekend she had seen a pic that was circulating that someone made of Amanda's face on a bleach bottle, alluding to the fact she had tried to kill herself before by drinking bleach...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    There was a girl here that got killed in a car accident. She took off with her dads Porsche and totaled it by crashing into an unmanned toll booth. She was nearly decapitated and two employees from the CHP posted her crash scene photos online and her friends and family had to see them.

    People are vile.
    I remember that! They emailed pictures to the family with the captions of Hi Dad or something similarly sick. How fucking twisted and vile do you have to be to find humor in someone's immeasurable pain??!

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