Porn bombing: What happened when a revenge porn writer didn't respond to a man's Facebook messages

The woman's friends contacted her to say they had seen the explicit images on her social media account 

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A woman has described how her Facebook timeline was littered with explicit images in a "porn-bombing" attack.

The culprit, who didn't attempt to hide his identity, had “friended” novelist Sue Moorcroft on Facebook three weeks before. She had disabled his chats after a serious of unwanted messages.

But while sitting in a coffee shop her phone suddenly started buzzing with messages from an "aghast" friend who was sending her "frantic warnings".

Moorcroft's Facebook timeline was being filled with videos of women having sex with several men, in an online abuse tactic she dubbed "porn-bombing".

Writing on The Huffington Post, Moorcroft, who is currently writing about revenge porn, said: "I presume the porn bombing was his retaliation. A note to me that I couldn’t ignore him and get away with it” she wrote.

"I rushed to delete the posts, bumbling and fumbling through this new experience, with Facebook friends advising me whether and when the posts were disappearing.

"Several frantic minutes later, the last of the posts disappeared."

But her ordeal wasn't over - she ran into her zumba class late, only to find that her instructor had seen the videos on her wall.

She posted an apology to her network of friends later in the day.

Porn bombing is a form of cyber-bullying – where a person sends messages intended to threaten, scare or intimidate a person.

The US-based Cyberbullying Research Center advises those who are victims to keep all evidence of posts, messages or comments, and if possible, the culprit, before contacting the provider – such as Facebook or their mobile phone operator. 

“Please be careful not to retaliate – or do anything that might be perceived by an outsider to have contributed to the problem” the website advises, adding: “Do not respond to the cyberbully except to calmly tell them to stop.”

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