Hey, this is fun. I logged into FourSquare after a three month hiatus and found that someone had set up a new “venue” at my house … Hag Bag Headquarters “Welcome to whore ville all dykes get in free.” (sic … on so many levels.)
Well, isn’t that nice? The Mayor of Hag Bag Headquarters is friends with some folks who live down the street. I am not aware that any of them have donated bags, money, volunteer hours, support, social media shout outs or any other effort that would qualify them to “check in” … so, it seems we might have some good old neighbor to neighbor gay bashing? sexist, demeaning gay bashing that mocks a hunger relief project? Seriously?
I left FourSquare because I was annoyed at so many people cheating – it just wasn’t fun any longer. Only three people in this world knew that I had reported certain folks for cheating b/c I was annoyed. Then I just decided to quit playing and do something else. Now this happens … I mean … I don’t want to have to think about this sort of crap. Who told whom what and how they are connected to the Mayor of Hag Bag Headquarters and the disgusting offensive nature of the possibility that gay men participated/contributed/fed into this or at the very least, did nothing.
FourSquare is pretty clear that this is not acceptable per their TOS:
is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another’s privacy, tortious, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, offensive, profane, contains or depicts nudity, contains or depicts sexual activity, promotes bigotry, discrimination or violence, or is otherwise inappropriate as determined by foursquare in its sole discretion;
The challenge is reporting. They don’t have an easy way to do that. I have screen shots of everything so it is just a matter of enough tweets linking their name to gay bashing before they pay attention, I hope. No wonder people get away with this every day … it is exhausting to report stupid, juvenile stuff like this.
So I don’t like people making fun of me, but if you are going to orchestrate an effective hate-laced spoof – at least learn how “Whoreville” should be spelled, okay? And watch the punctuation … that’s important, too.
Seriously … I’m somewhat incredulous that grown men would have the time to waste on something like this. I wonder if they realize that FourSquare can track all six people who signed in to the venue? Because checking in implies consent to the bigotry. Probably the worst that can happen is they lose access to FourSquare until they create a new account with a different email address. But their IP addresses are also recorded as is a lot of their activity. So if it escalated or became harassment, there’s a trail to be subpoenaed.
Seriously, though … I already went through something like this on Facebook. I was unable to report the person for gay bashing me b/c I had already blocked him for previous bad behavior. Friends sent me screenshots, but I couldn’t do anything with it b/c Facebook has no mechanism to report once you’ve blocked someone. Until it is serious enough to go to the police, I guess. That was annoying, but this is just pathetic.
Well, Hag Bag HQ is closed up for the night. If anyone has a connection to FourSquare … you know where to find me.
UPDATE: I now know the identity of “the Mayor”. Social media makes these things somewhat easy to figure out if people make no effort to cover their tracks. Screen shots make it too late now to cover their tracks. So now what …