Type of site
|Created by||Mark Marek and contributors|
|Revenue||Advertising and donations|
|Alexa rank||7,693 (February 2017[update])|
|Users||Estimated 10 - 15 million page views per month|
|Launched||30 April 2008|
Bestgore.com is a Canadian shock site owned by Mark Marek, which provides highly violent real-life news, photos and videos, with authored opinion and user comments. The site received media attention in 2012, following the hosting of a video which showed a real-life murder being committed by Luka Magnotta. As a result, Marek was arrested and charged under Canada's obscenity law with corrupting public morals.
The site was launched on April 30, 2008 by Slovak-Canadian Mark Marek, and hosts explicit, real-life, photographic and video material of events such as murders, suicides, torture, mutilations and accidents. With an estimated 10–15 million monthly visits, Bestgore is currently the biggest shock site in the world.
In June 2012, the website was criticized for the inclusion of the graphic video titled 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, which depicts the dismemberment of a corpse following the murder of Lin Jun committed by Luka Magnotta. Police said that Marek had initially refused requests to remove the video from the site, while Marek said, "I took it down myself, on my own terms, without being asked. Had any such request by police to take it down, as alleged, been made, I would have just told them that the video had been down for days." Gil Zvulony, a Toronto based lawyer specializing in Internet law, stated that the evidence supported the laying of obscenity charges against Bestgore.com, stating, "There's no real crime where there's no knowledge, but once they got notice of that and they allowed it to stay on there, that's where a crime was committed in my view."
In June 2012, it was reported that the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal was investigating Bestgore.com for charges of obscenity due to the posting of 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick. The Toronto Sun claimed that charges were pending against Marek, which he denied.
On July 16, 2013, Edmonton police charged Marek with one count of "corrupting morals" in connection with posting the Magnotta video. The rare charge is based on section 163 of the Canadian Criminal Code and carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment. One police investigator described the site as "a racist website, inciting hate, hatred, violence – violence above and beyond anything normal." Marek was released on bail, but was re-arrested on July 26 for allegedly violating the terms of his release. In January 2016, he pleaded guilty and was given a conditional sentence of three months of house arrest followed by three months of community service.
In a November 2013 interview with Adrianne Jeffries of The Verge, Marek said that section 163(1) prohibits distribution of crime comics and methods of curing venereal disease, and noted that the law was enforced selectively and could be used indiscriminately. Marek also defended the value of actually looking at gory material:.
You can take the publishing of the chainsaw beheading by the Syrian rebels propaganda team who claimed that this atrocity was committed by people behind president Bashal al-Assad [sic]. The video stirred major outrage in the ranks of the sheeple, but it didn’t fool anyone on Best Gore, because we know where the video is really from. It’s been on Best Gore since before the Syrian fraudulent revolution started and we have its full version, including the original audio and know it’s from Mexico. It was the same when Best Gore busted the rebels about the publishing of the domestic gas leak explosion which they also manipulated into looking like the aftermath of alleged indiscriminate bombings by the rulers.
Or more recently, when the whole world was revving about Muslims being slaughtered by Buddhists in Burma (Myanmar) – the propaganda fooled everyone, except us on Best Gore because we recognized the lynching video from Kenya, the earthquake in Tibet and the tsunami disaster in Thailand which had been used in unrelated context.</spane>
Marek said that he had received testimonies from readers stating that viewing the images on his site had convinced them to avoid speeding, darting between traffic on motorcycle, horseplay with forklifts, even from committing suicide, and that the government itself recognized the utility of shocking images by requiring them on cigarette packaging.
None of the audio/visual content is hosted on this site. All media is embedded from other sites such as GoogleVideo, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. Therefore, this site has no control over the copyright issues of the streaming media.
All issues concerning copyright violations should be aimed at the sites hosting the material. This site does not host any of the streaming media and the owner has not uploaded any of the material to the video hosting servers. Anyone can find the same content on Google Video or YouTube by themselves.
The owner of this site cannot know which documentaries are in public domain, which has been uploaded to e.g. YouTube by the owner and which has been uploaded without permission. The copyright owner must contact the source if he wants his material off the Internet completely.