A computer guru is using his skills to confuse a pro-life group that launched a website for people to report those who have violated the latest law in Texas, a policy that bans abortion after about six weeks into pregnancy. According to Vice, Sean Black created a code for iPhone users to troll the website constructed by a group known as Texas Right to Life. More than 8,000 people then used his creation to flood the website with fabricated data and other unsolicited content, including, but not limited to, Shrek porn.
“To me the McCarthyism era tactics of turning neighbors against each other over a bill I feel is a violation of Roe V Wade is unacceptable. There are people on TikTok using their platform to educate and do their part. I believe this is me doing mine,” Black told Motherboard.
Speaking to his followers on TikTok, the activist said he was banned from the website after having success in overwhelming the platform with irrelevant data. But he took his effort to another level by making it easy for any iPhone user to send a large pile of random content in seconds. As a result, the anti-abortion group may be experiencing some technical difficulties while trying to dig up the snitch reports buried under an avalanche of porn and everything else.
The Texas law, which went into effect on Wednesday, imposes punishments on abortion providers, people who seek abortions and those who drive people to receive an abortion. According to the policy, those found guilty can face lawsuits and potentially pay damages of at least $10,000.
The measure, which SCOTUS voted not to act on, bans abortions as soon as cardiac activity can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. At that stage, most people don’t yet know they’re pregnant, The Daily Beast reported.
When iPhone owners use the iOS shortcut, they can replicate Black’s script, which allows people to instantly pick a random Texas city, county, zip code and other required information. They can then spam the site with false tips and other random data.
Black’s supporters only need to visit the Texas Right to Life website, click the share button, and then click the shortcut to flood the platform. The computer expert said his code uses realistic information and makes it hard for the pro-lifers “to parse their data.”
iPhone users can click here to access Black’s script.