We all value our privacy here right? It’s in the name, virtual private network. Your internet history is a very detailed guide to your life. Unfortunately for Mike Webb, an independent candidate running for Congress in Virginia, that privacy has been eroded, and it was all his own doing.
Webb was trying to post a snarky Facebook status about some politic-thing. Big woop. But what he forgot to do before giving it to his rival Matt Wavro- the Republican choice for the seat- was to close his porn down.
Things took off. Thousands of comments, thousands of shares. The post stayed up for hours until Webb took it down. What adds to the madness is his justification. In a 2,000 word treatise, Webb explained he was looking for viruses.
“Curious by nature, I wanted to test the suggestion that somehow, lurking out in the pornographic world there is some evil operator waiting for the one in a gazillion chance that a candidate for federal office would go to that particular website and thereby be infected with a virus that would cause his or her FEC [federal election commission] data file to crash the FECfile application each time that it was loaded on the day of the filing deadline, as well as impact other critical campaign systems. Well, the Geek Squad techs testified to me, after servicing thousands of computers at the Baileys Crossroads location that they had never seen any computer using their signature virus protection for the time period to acquire over 4,800 viruses, 300 of which would require re-installation of the operating system.”
After this post had pushed virality to its limits, Webb emailed Gawker explaining he was religious so sex made him uncomfortable in public but libertarian so he was wild about it in private. The silver lining for Webb has been his dramatic 25% growth in his social media following from 42 to 75.
Mike, you’re mad.