ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Secret pictures of people using the bathroom are spreading all over the internet. A social networking site refuses to protect you. This follows our investigation that caught a police officer hiding a camera in the men`s room at a Chesterfield, MO gas station. Anybody could be a victim and someone could be watching you from anywhere in the world.
The porn site with the hidden camera bathroom videos is down, but we found evidence of still images from those videos spreading across the social networking site Tumblr. Tumblr and its parent company Yahoo, both refuse to remove the hidden camera images. The reason? Because you don`t know you`re on camera.
I talked to one man who thinks he may be a victim, but has no way to be sure. He told me, ‘In the time frame (the suspect`s) been doing this, I was in that bathroom. I know for a fact, because I used it a few times a week, at least. Then when I saw on the news when you broke the investigation I was just in complete awe. I can understand how people would feel violated. This isn`t consensual.’
The porn site came down and the man behind it, police officer David Cerna, was fired and indicted for felony invasion of privacy. Yet a concerned citizen recently sent us links to graphic pictures from the old porn site. He found the screen grabs taken from the illegal video. They`re now being shared on the social networking site Tumblr.
Tumblr`s explanation? The site responded to the concerned citizen, stating ‘…we need to hear directly from someone who is being featured…’ Tumblr and its parent company Yahoo won`t even respond to FOX 2.
The man who fears he`s a victim said, ‘I don`t think I have (to prove I`m on) camera. I`m still a victim. It`s obvious in these pictures that these people were not consenting to that and it needs to be taken down whether or not they have a specific one of me or not.’
Based on Tumblr and Yahoo`s lack of a response, it may take a public outcry. Many people are already shouting about it on Twitter with keywords #Tumblr and #HiddenCamera. You can attach this story to see if it will make a change in protecting victims who are being shared on the internet as you read this.