Until recently, I was in a private room for the management of Hexbear.net but after they started purging us vegans, I resigned my position and was banned from the room. Since I'm no longer part of the team, I feel I can speak freely about the previous big scandal: Beatnik being accused of grooming and stalking a teenager, and TC69 announcing an investigation into it and then less than 2 days later the team announcing his name was cleared by her investigation and the accuser was a lying wrecker.
When the grooming allegation happened, TC69 got Beatnik to hand the site over to her pretty much by threatening to quit if he didn't. If she quit, the site would have been over, and Beatnik knew it. Everyone trusts TC69, so if she had said she's quitting over what Beatnik did, that would have been the end of Hexbear.net because everyone would have believed her and forever linked the site with abuse.
What happened next was... In return for the keys to the site, and without directly saying it but strongly insinuating it, TC69 agreed to exonerate Beatnik's image, whether he did what he was being accused of or not.
She had everyone on the team plough through Beatnik's post histories on Reddit and Hexbear to find any identifying information that we could then use to explain away how the accuser found it. Like, we found a 3 year old reddit comment he made saying he lived in San Diego and another saying he was a product manager for a tech company, so we could use those two things to cast doubt on parts of her story because we could say she could have found that information the same way we did.
The only problem is, the accuser (siennasae) gave us his real name, which TC69 confirmed was correct, and nothing on any of his profiles revealed that tidbit, however much digging we did. TC69 was the only person on the team who knew his real name.
Then someone on the team found a random image posted months before by a friend of Beatnik that was a brand of pickles that said "Nathan's" on a jar. It had no further context, but TC69 weirdly decided to use that to explain away how the accuser found his name. It made no sense really, but that's the narrative TC69 decided to sell to the users, and honestly none of them seemed to mind.
This quite upset siennasae who understandably felt she was being gaslit by TC69, and she responded by denouncing TC69 and later publicly released even more private information about Beatnik, including screenshots of him grooming her, the company he works for, links to his personal twitter and Linkedin, and more. The team responded by banning her and permanently deleting her whole post history minutes after she posted the new evidence, before anyone could make archives. Someone also had the devs change the code so we could hide all the private information from the moderation log completely.
The admin who did the ban and information purge, DashEightMate, I strongly suspect is an alt of Beatnik but can't be sure. After banning her, DashEightMate announced she was a lying wrecker and that Beatnik was exonerated by the TC69 investigation. He also accused siennasae of being a troll from cumtown because a thread full of people on cumtown were (obviously jokingly) claiming to be her. We closed registrations for a few days and banned anyone who didn't play along with the wrecker/liar narrative. We then did weeks of PR to smear siennasae and praise Beatnik for his strong leadership. TC69 stayed quiet through this whole period, and none of us heard a peep from Beatnik either.
Beatnik deleted his post histories on both reddit and Hexbear the day the accusations came out, and more than a month later still hasn't returned to make any kind of comment. DashEightMate also deleted his whole post history, making me suspect he was Beatnik even more.
TC69 is in full control of the site now, and was behind the purge of vegans (including the omni coup of c/vegan), which is why I no longer care to protect her. I think she knows what she did to discredit a possible victim of abuse was really wrong, but did it so she could get control of the site and make unilateral decisions like the vegan purge.
I'm a tankie, so I'm not staying on this site, but thanks to whoever invited me in the vegan discord.