Before the shills run wild with the "Voat is compromised" "Voat is a limited hangout" "Voat enables pedos" meme, I'd like to get clarification on what users are allowed to post exposing those involved in online sexual exploitation of kids.
Two weeks ago, @karenrussell63 made this post and then this post after apparently gaining access to a "child modeling" site, where users found kids being exploited. I was pinged and asked to flare the original submission, and I gave it a "Potential Lead" flair.
Shortly after, several brand new accounts popped up, claiming KR63 was attempting to extort bitcoin in return for not publishing identities of users of the site. No actual proof of extortion was provided, despite suggestions from users on what actual proof might look like. One of them, at the very beginning, begged me to pay to have his info removed from Voat, then deleted the comments when he figured out how the site worked. You can see regular contributor @twistedmac11 quote him here.
When I commented as a mod that they had provided no evidence of the extortion claim, just hearsay, I was also accused of being part of an extortion racket and threatened with doxing.
I, of course, have no way to know if these claims are true without actual evidence. When asked by these users to remove comments doxing them, I explained my inability to remove comments under Voat moderator rules, and that they would have to apply to @PuttItOut directly.
Saturday (five days ago), KR63 created a new subverse v/pedos to archive his material. I received an invitation to be a moderator of that sub, which I declined.
Then Saturday night I saw the post from Putt about Voat being probed for a cyber attack. I thought...hmmm...maybe there is a connection, so I left a comment:
[–] Vindicator 1 points (+1|-0) 5 days ago
@PuttItOut: Is it possible this could be related to this recent post exposing pedos on v/pizzagate? It's drawn a LOT of ire. If the pizzagate theory is true, uncovering key nodes in the elite child trafficking network could trigger repercussions like this. Just thought you should be aware.
@Kevdue @Crensch @VictorSteinerDavion @karenrussell63
I never received a response and no one commented in reply. But two days later (three days ago), all of the doxing posts KR63 had made in his new subverse were deleted with no explanation or commentary other than "DOX removed", and he made this post to complain about it.
It was my understanding, based on oversight from v/ProtectVoat and this post, that doxing is fine, so long as it's not a Voat member. That is what I have advised KR63 and others who have asked before making posts identifying pedos for months. And yet his posts were removed and no explanation was given!
This is a major issue for our subverse, which is wholly devoted to exposing the sexual exploitation of minors by the rich and powerful and their minions -- a project that has been forcibly suppressed on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Snopes, the NYT, Gizmodo, and even via Google's search engine. How are we to document the nefarious web of sick child rapists if we cannot name names and document info so we can cross reference it with campaign donations, professional affiliations, familial connections, mentors etc.? We might as well be on Reddit.