The coming Internet war may be heating up with the news that Tumblr has decided to reinstate Predditors, a blog run by a 25-year-old female Redditor that publishes the publicly-available personal information of users who post photos of women without their consent on the subreddit page, creepshots.
Yesterday, Jezebel published an in-depth interview with “Samantha,” the woman behind Predditors. Reddit users immediately balked at the post, as well as the news that Gawker writer Adrian Chen may be preparing to publish a story revealing the personal details of one of creepshots’ moderators. Pitchforks were readied; dramatic diatribes were penned. As of this morning, Tumblr had taken down Predditors.
We reached out to Tumblr inquiring why they decided to shut down Predditors, since its author was only linking together publicly-available information and publishing it to the blog. A spokesman for Tumblr told Betabeat:
This blog was mistakenly suspended under the impression that it was revealing private, rather than publicly-available, information. We are restoring the blog.
The blog is currently back up, but has not been updated since yesterday at 2pm.
Update 2: Predditors.com now redirects to the original Jezebel article.
Additional reporting contributed by Kelly Faircloth.