Thursday 8 December 2016

Congressional candidate accidentally shows pornography tastes in screenshot posted to his official Facebook page

Published 17/05/2016 | 12:19

The picture was up for six hours before it was taken down Credit: Mike Webb/Facebook
The picture was up for six hours before it was taken down Credit: Mike Webb/Facebook
The original post Credit: Mike Webb/Facebook

A Congressional candidate was mocked online after posting a screenshot to his official Facebook page which featured tabs pointing to what reportedly showed pornography websites.

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Mike Webb was trying to show a Google result with his screenshot, but accidentally revealed what seem to be his pornography tastes.

The original post Credit: Mike Webb/Facebook
The original post Credit: Mike Webb/Facebook

One tab reads: "LAYLA RIVERA HOT BO.." and "IVONE SEXY AMATEUR". Googling these results lands you on adult video websites.

Mr Webb, who is standing for Congress in Virginia's 8th District, seems unfazed by the revelations, which hit US political news websites on Monday.

He has posted on Facebook seemingly confirming he had uploaded an image with inappropriate captions.

The candidate re-posted the screenshot, writing: "That is a punchline from an old joke, and at least one female Republican in Fairfax County has heard me tell that, and it seems that this might be a good time to tell the story, again,

"But, maybe not, because we have done it, again, and like in the Bishop Sheen miracle story that I often relate I let the moment simmer until now we are just getting a small number of comments trickle in. Word to the wise, and you can confirm with Jack Blakely on this, I am a big fan of Lewis Carroll, and often say, unless your name is Alice, don't ingest everything with a sign that says, 'Eat me.'"

He told Gawker  he did not "have much of an issue" with the screenshot, even though people had advised he get a new social media director. He also pointed out the image got him more "likes" than his rival.

Mr Webb commented: "One commenter about a half hour ago told me that I needed to hire a new social media director, and others earlier were concluding that the candidate declared DOA in his press debut before Christmas in the local press—six months before a Republican challenger ever gets picked up—today is toast for sure.

"But, when I read that post about the social media director, we were up 42 likes on Facebook, and I don’t know how many on Twitter. Just now, I looked at Facebook, again, and we are up 75, far outpacing my rival who defeated me with establishment support in the nomination convention.

"From a faith based perspective and as a preacher’s kid, I probably would not be comfortable with “adult” topics, but politically, within certain parameters, as a conservative with many libertarian ideas, it can and should be discussed.

"In this campaign and in the exploratory phases we touched on dating sites and the sort that entraps many in Nigerian scams and we have on many occasions discussed the taboo topic of forcible sexual abuse that in 2014 in Virginia found young white girls below the ages of 17 exponentially more likely the victims than any other than victims of this crime, and, in our own Falls Church, we have some brave parents continue to break the silence with their “We Support the Girls” campaign.

"So, from that perspective, I do not really see a problem with the viewing of some tabs on a screenshot, even if it does show the scrutiny to which some candidates for office are subjected. In December one viewer blew up images from my social media page to suggest that I was engaging in subliminal messaging."

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