Gawker Has A Temporary Fix For Jezebel’s ‘Rape Gif Problem’

Gawker Media has come up with a temporary fix for its popular site Jezebel’s “rape gif problem.”

Editorial director Joel Johnson tweeted Tuesday that Gawker would disable image uploading on its comment platform until it comes up with a long-term solution.

Jezebel staff had posted a statement Monday that said Gawker higher ups failed to address a barrage of violent images and hardcore porn in the site’s comments. The statement said there was no way to trace who was leaving the offending images, so staff had to go through and individually delete the posts and ban the commenters, forcing them “to view and interact with violent pornography and gore as part of our jobs.”


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