Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Chief Keef incident

[Edit: I originally wrote this post to provide some more context for my e-mail conversation with Louis Peitzman.]

On September 16th, teenage rapper Chief Keef posted a photo to Instagram that showed him receiving a blowjob from an unnamed girl.  He got kicked off Instagram as a result.  Several websites reported the incident, while at the same time mentioning that they couldn't post the photo for obvious reasons.

Gawker ran a story about it, along with the picture in question.  Apparently someone soon realized that a photo of a 17-year-old boy receiving a blowjob constituted child porn, and the story was erased. You can find a non-working link over on Gossip File, as well as on a few scattered twitter accounts like this one.

It's good Gawker caught their own mistake.  Unfortunately, they would make a similar mistake the next month, too.

1 comment:

  1. If you follow the logic of this through, you would come to the conclusion that you should be in favor of non-anonymity and accountability. Which I'm assuming you're not?