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Are You Careful About What You Post Online?

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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Shocked Mom Blogger Finds 'Nude' Photos of Herself on X-Rated Website

by The Stir Bloggers

peep showLike many women, mom of two Melissa Esplin has a blog. The Salt Lake City mom posts photos of herself, her kids, and various craft projects she's working on her website, I Still Love You. It's a perfectly innocent site that many women likely go to for sewing ideas, style inspiration, etc.

But, one day Esplin woke up to find that personal photos from her blog had been posted to a porn site -- a "revenge porn" site more specifically. Esplin's head had been superimposed onto naked bodies, along with her name, the city she lives in, and a link to her Facebook page.

Kind of terrifying, no?

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Esplin says that she started getting bombarded with messages from strange men. Some messages said, "You're pretty, those pictures were really interesting. I'd like to get to know you more," Esplin said. "Then some got considerably more graphic." She added, "It infuriated me and sent me into a panic. I was angry that people would think that that person was me."

Esplin immediately contacted the site, asking them to take down the photos, but they only agreed to do so if she paid $400. "Really? Like I would pay someone $400. Who knows what they would have done with my credit card information," Esplin said. "I'm one of many women who are extorted on this site every day." She's since contacted the FBI, but since the site is run out of a different country, there's really not much she can do, short of paying the fee.

It's truly terrifying that people can and do get away with this kind of behavior. We all should be careful with what we post online, but it's both sad and scary that this is what it's come to.

Hopefully, Esplin's photos will somehow be removed from the site without having to pay the hefty fee. But something tells me, if they ever are, it won't be for a long time.

What do you think of this? Have you ever been the victim of cyberbullying?

Are you careful of what you post online?

by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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by Nancy on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

You have to be very careful what you put online.  This is the only social site I belong to.  I do not have a Facebook account or any other kind of account.  I very rarely if ever post a picture here.

by Lisa on Mar. 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I feel sorry for that lady. My sister is a cyberbully, she is always posting nasty things about our family, (she is estranged due to her behavior) and anyone else she fells has "wronged" her.

I try to be careful about what I share online.

by Louann on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

That's terrible!  I can't imagine how she must feel.  I do try to be careful and limit who can see pics of the family etc....

by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM
I have this and facebook. I don't worry too much about what I post.
by Mary Ann on Mar. 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I am on facebook but do very little posting.  Occasionally hit the like button and once in a blue moon make a comment to one of my kids.  I have not experienced any cyberbullying nor have I done any.  

by Ronna on Mar. 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I feel bad for this woman and I'm sure this type of behavior is pretty rampant across the internet.

however, hell, I'm 55 freaking years old.  I'd almost welcome someone pasting my face onto some young skinny sexy body ... just sayin'

by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

I agree, its sad & also disturbing!  And, yes, I am very careful about what I post online.  I dont blog.  I am on Facebook & I am very careful about what I say.  I never specifically mention where I am or where I'm going.  I'm careful about posting photos of my grandson & I turn off my location settings on my phone.  My son was a Marine so I got used to being very careful & never posted anything about where he was or what he was doing. 

by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I don't use Facebook, and this is the only online group I belong to.  As far as I know, there aren't any nude photos of me out there, and believe me, nobody would want to see that at my age.  LOL

by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I try not to post anything I would have to worry about.  And I have my Facebook page set where only friends and family I have listed can see pictures I post. And the only other place I post any sort of family pictures is on here.

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by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Have been bullied online before,
Very careful what I do or don't post online :)

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