Gawker Unmasks the Internet's 'Biggest Troll'
Adrian Chen reveals Michael Brutsch, the man behind Reddit's 'Violentacrez'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2012 2:27 PM CDT
The gateway to a Reddit NSFW page.   (Reddit)

(Newser) – In an extensive Gawker exposé yesterday, Adrian Chen revealed the man behind Violentacrez, one of the creepiest yet simultaneously most beloved users and volunteer moderators on social news site Reddit. For years, Michael Brutsch has been posting offensive content including pictures of scantily-clad underage girls—but he always makes sure to keep things legal, and Reddit staff actually trusted him to remove illegal content, like actual child pornography, from the site. As Chen describes it, Brutsch, 49, is just a huge troll: He loved creating Reddit forums on topics such as incest, Hitler, and some whose titles are difficult to even read—not necessarily because he himself was interested in the content, but to provoke a reaction from other Reddit users. Outraged users would complain about the content, thus getting it more attention—sometimes even on the website's front page.

Chen had been aware of Violentacrez since last year, when controversy over his "jailbait" Reddit section first began. Ultimately, the jailbait forum and all sexually suggestive content involving minors was banned by Reddit, but that didn't stop Brutsch from finding other outlets—he went on to moderate a forum he didn't create called "creepshots," where users posted pictures of women's breasts or butts they had taken secretly, until it too was banned just recently. When Chen learned of Brutsch's true identity and rumors began to circulate that Chen was going to out him, many of Reddit's volunteer moderators jumped to Brutsch's defense, seeking revenge by banning Gawker links from their forums. In some cases, this was because of loyalty to Brutsch, who had helped to train many mods, but Reddit is also intensely concerned with free speech. "Under Reddit logic, outing Violentacrez is worse than anonymously posting creepshots of innocent women, because doing so would undermine Reddit's role as a safe place for people to anonymously post creepshots of innocent women," Chen writes. "I am OK with that." His piece reveals Brutsch as a military dad who likes cats and whose family, he says, is aware of his online activities. He is, however, scared of what the exposé will mean for his job. Chen's full piece is definitely worth a read.

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WhateverYouSay
Oct 14, 2012 8:43 AM CDT
""Under Reddit logic, outing Violentacrez is worse than anonymously posting creepshots of innocent women, because doing so would undermine Reddit's role as a safe place for people to anonymously post creepshots of innocent women," I'm often amazed at the excuses men make and accept when they victimize women. It's sexism any way you look at it. Boys of all ages ... really, time grow up. Your daughters, wives, sisters and mothers would appreciate a little respect. If a female [or male, for that matter] does not give permission for their photos to be taken and published... don't do it. Simple. As for Reddit... link deleted.
LollieDotCom
Oct 14, 2012 7:25 AM CDT
OMG... he has a granddaughter. Horrifying. If I was this monster's offspring and i didn't kill myself from knowing it, the very least I'd do is get a restraining order and keep this monster away from his granddaughter for the rest of his evil life. He just likes getting people riled up and jacking off to pictures of little girls. We can't kill him. But we do need to limit his contact with all children.
TheSaintOfPain
Oct 13, 2012 11:51 PM CDT
Okay, so this guy is 49 and doing this? He really, really, REALLY needs to grow the fuck up and get a life if he's that damned immature at that age.