Facebook executive loses job after being caught on YouTube in pedophile sting
An executive at Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is out of work after a video went viral showing him allegedly admitting to texting a teenager explicitly and planning a meeting at an Ohio hotel.
Jeren A Miles, 35, is no longer head of global community development at Meta, the company confirmed Tech Crunchafter the allegations were made in a Feb. 16 video from a group called Predator Catchers Indianapolis.
“The seriousness of these allegations cannot be overstated,” Meta told the outlet in a statement. “The individual is no longer employed by the company. We are actively investigating this situation and cannot provide further comment at this time.
The Independent reached out for more comment.
It is unclear whether the video is accurate and whether Mr Miles was fired or resigned.
In the video of the pedophile sting, the technical manager allegedly describes “flirting” with a teenager.
“I was flirting, I was talking to him”, says the man in front of the camera. “During all of this, I’ll let you know, there was never any intention of ever meeting him.”
The man later admits to giving the boy his location at Le Meridien hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
“I gave information, location and all that. Yes, it could be perceived that way,” he says.
The story quickly gained traction on right-wing news sites, which highlighted Jeren Miles’ work with Equality California, a statewide LGBT+ group.
Mr. Miles was “immediatelyremoved from the group’s board following the allegations, Equality California said on Saturday.
Predator Catchers Indianapolis was founded by an Indianapolis man named Eric Schmutte, who is part of a growing movement of online amateur sleuths trying to catch predators.
“From my perspective, the justice system is not doing what it needs to do in terms of locking up these guys and giving them real sentences,” he said. say it Indianapolis Star Last year. “So exposing them to us is the best thing for people to at least know that these guys are predators.”
While some police acted on the organization’s advice, others argued that these vigilantes are “playing with fire” and documenting evidence of alleged crimes in a way that will rarely come up in court.
“The vigilante’s actions in ambushing an individual in this manner pose great risk to the parties and the public,” a prosecutor told the newspaper. “These actions make the community less safe, by allowing these suspected predators to avoid the possibility of conviction by tainting a case from the start.”