Within days of the Amanda Todd story being announced, Anonymous got involved. Simply astonishing. What they eventually said has become part of the folklore of all this – there are still people thinking that it’s all down to a 30-year-old man – and yet it is all untrue.
I can tell you this. Most informed people already know, but it would be more boastful if I said it was a sensational exclusive – members of Anonymous tried to frame Kody as an act of revenge.
You will, perhaps, need to know about a couple of things – /b/ and 4chan. Here, from the Urban Dictionary are definitions that, I think, sum it up.
4chan’s “Random” image board. A place where you go to become your inner asshole, or, live out your sickest fantasies.
I went to /b/ today. OH GOD MAKE ME UNSEE IT
/b/ is where the internet goes to die. Its a place where both God and Satan vow to stay away from. /b/ is where every internet meme ever ends up. /b/ is rule 34. /b/ is in my mind forever. You cant undo /b/, but you can undo your search history.
Now 4chan – too much to list, so here’s the link:
Note well: ‘Please note, women are not permitted to enter this site without showing their breasts.’
(Philip Rose: Lecturer on the Perils of the Internet. A career for me?)
I have published this before, but maybe it’s worth another look:
If you want to run to the end of the story: 4chan killed Amanda Todd. End of. There – a spoiler for you. But perhaps it’s not true. Read on!
I was staggered by just how few people had ever heard of 4chan or /b/. For any parents out there – ask your kids if they know of 4chan. If they do, burn their phones, laptops, tablets, whatever, and lock them away for the next ten years! And no, I’m not part of le 9gag army! (Look it up, for Pete’s sake!)
So – the ‘exclusive’ revelation. Note: /b/ = 4chan = Anonymous. 4chan and Anonymous are best buddies. 4chan IS Anonymous. Anonymous IS 4chan.
Kody Maxson – like 99.9% of males aged between 12 and 18 with access to the Internet – knows about 4chan. Briefly – he got into a row with a member of Anonymous who was a /b/ moderator. Nearly all /b/ moderators are members of Anonymous – perhaps ALL /b/ moderators are members of Anonymous. The row escalated.
Biding his time, the Anonymous moderator waited. For revenge. And the time came. The Amanda Todd story. And boy, did they get their revenge. As they do, they released false information. Being the cretins that they are, it wasn’t very good information, but it was enough for all the people so willing to think it was the truth. In normal circumstances, it would have been ignored. But the timing – and the fact the media leapt on it – meant it succeeded. And Kody’s delinquent behaviour gave the public all the proof they needed.
That’s the story. That’s the truth. Anonymous fed Kody to the hungry wolves. These are the facts. You don’t have to believe me now – but I think you will by the time I’ve finished. Kody Maxson is innocent!
Continued in Day 19, Part Three.