Websites including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, and others suffered from a very dodgy glitch the other day.
Be careful if you follow any of the links because you won’t want to see what appeared.
On Thursday, news sites including the Washington Post, Vox, Newsweek, the Mirror, and the Huffington Post, displayed graphic hardcore pornography on some old articles.
Articles dating from 2015 to 2017 on a number of news websites that include embedded videos, including some with young audiences, are now displaying the pornographyNational File
The articles affected including a wide range of pieces, including both major and minor stories.
So this was pretty serious.
The articles ranged from “serious” mainstream news articles, such as a Washington Post story from January 2017 about Paul Ryan stopping somebody from dabbing in a photo, a Huffington Post article from May 2017 about Martin Shkreli being permanently banned from Twitter, and an article from the Australian’s Herald Sun from June 2016 about the age of an Australian NBA player.National File
Here’s how it all happened.
An earlier archive of the article from the Washington Post dating from December 2019 gives an insight into what happened. Where the pornography was located in the news article, instead shows a placement sign saying “goodbye for now,” with a cartoon astronaut waving goodbye. This appears to be from the previous video platform used by the Washington Post, Vidme, which was bought in 2017 by Giphy. As pointed out by the post on 4chan, the domain registration seems to have lapsed, and now redirects to the pornographic website.National File
It’s particularly concerning that this glitch included a magazine like Teen Vogue, read by younger people.
It looks like liberals running these websites just weren’t keeping on top of their security.
To enable an adult-themed website to implant itself on dozens of your articles isn’t exactly a vote of confidence.
Anyway, this is another reason not to read articles from liberal websites!