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Kickstarter has suspended a fundraising campaign for a site that would have exposed online bullies to the world in a way that many critics have called glorified doxing. According to the now-suspended Kickstarter campaign, it would have been a searchable database where anyone could look up the names of friends, family members, coworkers, or strangers and see their online activities.
One question: What happens if your site accidentally links the wrong person with the wrong profile? Can they comment on the site to ask for a correction or clarification? Nope, but it does get worse. Important to note: We do not allow any commenting on our site because we do not want to host a platform for any bullying ourselves [Except the kind we decide to promote. You know, the whole “calling people mean names thing is bad unless we do it” thing] To keep this clear, that bracketed comment is mine, and now I’ve got another question. Has Social Autopsy’s totally fun team heard of a thing called “false light invasion of privacy,” or have you spent all your capital collecting data on people who might be able to spare you from an “epic fail?” If you’re still reading, you’ve probably guessed the answer to my question. “It gets worse.”
In your video FAQ, you stated that you thought this site — which will become a platform for doxing — is great for children. Not only is it really not a good culture fit with the way teenagers use the internet, but this would also be illegal. COPPA protects children, and you should probably talk to a lawyer.
You stated that the current site has a fake database with dummy data. Those people are real. I manually verified a few of them by doing a reverse google image search. The complete list has already been doxed on some #ty troll board. You are responsible for this happening. This is your fault.
You said that each submission will be reviewed. Your current platform allows anyone to submit information about another person, and that content is immediately posted with no review. In fact, someone exploited this functionality to upload an image called index.jpg, which due to your #ty coding allowed someone to make your front page antisemitic.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: Dreamwatcher
Why would any sane person even post on a site like that?
Stupid, stupid idea.