[Content Warning: Discussion of pedophilia]
Sony has fired PlayStation Community Senior Vice President George Cacioppo after the manager appeared in an beginner pedophile sting operation video over the weekend. Cacioppo was allegedly arranging to fulfill up with a decoy posing as a 15-year-old boy whom he met on the courting app Grindr. Sony introduced that they have been conscious of the allegations and terminated Cacioppo’s employment on Sunday, in keeping with a press release from Cnet.
Cacioppo joined Sony’s PlayStation Community division again in 2013. He was the Senior Vice President of Engineering on the firm on the time of his termination and had labored at Sony for over 8 years. Within the video in query, Cacioppo can also be sporting a PlayStation 5 t-shirt.
Conducting the sting operation was vigilante group Individuals vs. Predators, which continuously publicly posts movies of their operations on YouTube. The group has additionally shared plenty of screenshots detailing messages and shared pictures main as much as the encounter. Whereas the video doesn’t present any crime dedicated, the Grindr messages present that Cacioppo knowingly organized to fulfill up with a decoy who recognized as a 15-year-old boy.
Under is the video of the sting operation:
In a press release to Kotaku, a consultant from the vigilante group clarified the rationale behind importing the video publicly relatively than handing it on to authorities. “The police division doesn’t work with ‘Cyber teams’ like us. That’s when the web takes over.” In Cacioppo’s case, nevertheless, the group has acknowledged that it has turned within the proof to authorities. As of the time of writing, Cacioppo’s LinkedIn has not been up to date.[Source: Kotaku, Cnet]