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Hackers Publicly Broadcast Porn in Train Station

People passing through busy Washington Union Station got quite a surprise Monday night. For a few minutes, a porn site popped up on some screens inside the train station, reports USA Today.

One Twitter user claimed to have been present for the surprise screening.

“The monitors at Union Station just started playing Pornhub,” user _joannaw posted at 5:34 p.m. Monday.

Station managers told local news station WUSA9 that the screens, which have only been around a few months, were hacked. They would not elaborate, but said an investigation is underway.

“Fortunately it was quickly turned off,” said Beverley Swaim-Staley of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation.

The vertically-oriented monitors are supposed to be touch screen maps of the station. Swaim-Staley says developers of the screens “are doing their due diligence” before turning them back on again.

This Is Happening More And More

Billboard and public television hacking seems to be a sick joke that’s getting more and more popular. Unfortunately, other public-porn incidents have taken place in Indonesia, China, and Brazil, and Mexico. Apparently broadcasting porn in public is becoming a weapon (or “joke”) of choice for hackers around the word, and we’re not cool with it.

Porn-based hacking might seem like it’s not a big deal at first, but it’s not as harmless as it seems—real people are being hurt, whether you know them or not. It’s also important to remember the serious effects that porn can have on children (and in fact, showing porn to a child intentionally is actually a crime). Exposing kids to porn at young ages makes them more likely to develop unhealthy and compulsive viewing habits, which can lead to relationship problems and even more sinister things down the line.

Not A Harmless “Joke”

Publicly objectifying people and exposing unsuspecting people, especially kids, to porn is really not cool. When society sees prankster “jokes” like this, we can slowly start to think they’re okay, or even funny, but something as simple as a hacked billboard can set off a chain reaction that potentially leads to the further normalization and acceptance of porn. The fact is, porn isn’t faceless or harmless. Just think about the celebrity nude hack that happened a few years ago, or the countless people who have been tricked and coerced into shooting porn.

It might seem funny to people who haven’t had the chance to learn about the dangers of porn, but broadcasting porn unavoidably in public isn’t something anybody should be okay with. Porn is already disturbingly normalized in our society, but having it unavoidably played on a giant screen in the middle of the day can have real consequences.

In a world where porn is already becoming advertising, it’s pretty shocking to see it being used as a sick social joke. That’s not the world we want to live in, and we hope you’ll join us in the fight for real love and against porn.

 

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