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Exclusive Interview Part 1: Man behind 'Jailbait' posts exposed, loses job

Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) - An internet troll reviled for his pornographic posts on Reddit and recently revealed as a middle-aged software programmer told CNN that he made "a huge mistake."

For years, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch hid behind the online screen name "Violentacrez," creating hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as "Rapebait," "Incest," "Pics of Dead Kids," "Choke a Bitch," and "Rape Jokes." "Violentacrez" has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account.

Last week, Gawker revealed the identity of "Violentacrez," whose posts generated as many as 800,000 subscribers and triggered a debate about whether Reddit was criminally liable for the content of its forums. Reddit is a website where the popularity of posts - and whether they are featured prominently on the site's main page - is determined by registered users' votes.

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  1. Simon

    How can he even try to defend himself? There is NO justification for any of the things he's done

    October 21, 2012 at 5:14 am |
  2. Jeff Heiman

    Hi Anderson. I'm a big fan of yours and the show. You are a pro, intelligent and an amazing interviewer. All that being said, please tell me why you pronounce the word "button" like "buddin?" There's no way you pronounced it that way growing up.
    I don't when or why people started to say it that way or why. It's just wrong and it makes me cringe. Same with the word, "important, " being pronounced "impor-dant." Make it stop!! With your influence, you are helping make it OK. It isn't. Thanks!
    Still a big fan, jeff

    October 19, 2012 at 12:17 am |