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The Epic Battle Between Jezebel And Gawker Now Begins

At around noon today, the Jezebel staff posted an accusatory article titled “We Have a Rape Gif Problem and Gawker Media Won’t Do Anything About It”. In the article they claim 4Chan members are posting “violent rape gifs” in their comments – and despite complaining “to higher ups on Gawker’s editorial side for months”, “Nothing has changed.”

For months, an individual or individuals has been using anonymous, untraceable burner accounts to post gifs of violent cornography in the discussion section of stories on Jezebel. The images arrive in a barrage, and the only way to get rid of them from the website is if a staffer individually dismisses the comments and manually bans the commenter.

Saying “[n]one of us are paid enough to deal with this on a daily basis” and “it’s time the company had its feet held to the fire”, the staff claims the problem comes down to Kinja being a crappy platform.

…because IP addresses aren’t recorded on burner accounts, literally nothing is stopping this individual or individuals from immediately signing up for another, and posting another wave of violent images…and then bragging about it on 4chan in conversations staffers here have followed…

Jezebel staff even brought it up in staff meetings, and were “told that there were no plans to enable the blocking of IP addresses, no plans to record IP addresses of burner accounts”.

In refusing to address the problem, Gawker’s leadership is prioritizing theoretical anonymous tipsters over a very real and immediate threat to the mental health of Jezebel’s staff and readers.

They concluded by saying if another company were forcing its female employees “to manage a malevolent human cornbot” they would report it and “cite it as another example of employers failing to take the safety of its female employees seriously”.

This should be interesting. I haven’t been able to find a public response from Gawker.