“at least one Twitter user responded by posting Yglesias’ own home address in a reply thread”
Matt Yglesias is one of the co-founders of the progressive site Vox, which aims to explain the news to its readers.
After tweeting the message screen capped below, Yglesias deleted his entire Twitter history:
“Siri, show me a sociopath.” pic.twitter.com/haQscpIs7k
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 8, 2018
Screenshots are priceless. The Internet is forever. pic.twitter.com/fM7PEiFT4v
— RooneyLBNJ (@RooneyLBNJ) November 9, 2018
Later in the week, Yglesias found himself the victim of a doxxing on Twitter.
Will Oremus writes at Slate:
A Vox Co-Founder Got Doxed on Twitter by a Hate-Spewing Incel, and Twitter Allowed It
On Thursday, the liberal journalist Matthew Yglesias tweeted what appeared to be a defense of a Wednesday evening antifa protest that targeted the family home of conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Yglesias said via Twitter that he couldn’t empathize with Carlson’s wife, who was home at the time of the protest and locked herself in the pantry, thinking it was a home invasion. (Tucker Carlson and his four children were not home.)
Yglesias, who co-founded Vox and is a senior correspondent there, was widely criticized for his tweets, including by me. (Disclosure: Yglesias was my colleague at Slate from 2011 to 2014.) By Thursday night he had deleted them.
Before he did, however, at least one Twitter user responded by posting Yglesias’ own home address in a reply thread. The implied threat was clear: Yglesias had failed to denounce the harassment by left-wingers of a conservative media personality at his home, so now he and his family deserved the same treatment.
That Yglesias would get doxed was perhaps predictable, even though it’s a direct violation of Twitter’s policies. (It shouldn’t matter whether Yglesias’ address is potentially findable elsewhere online; posting it on Twitter contravenes the platform’s stated rules, and the context makes it clear that the intent is to intimidate him.) What’s galling—and, by now, familiar—is Twitter’s response.
While doxxing is never cool, it’s not difficult to see how this happened.
It’s a point Ace of Spades has been making lately:
Either we have a two-way social compact or we have no social compact at all, and it’s just pure Street Power and vigilantism and vengeance raids.
I don’t know what these people are thinking: Do they think that when we find out who they are, we won’t publicize their names? And addresses?
They’re always claiming that Right Wingers are “threatening” and “violent.” Do they really believe that? They seem to know this is bullshit, because they are sowing the whirlwind — which makes no sense, unless you know your complaints about a Right Wing Whirlwind are propagandistic lies.
But the thing is, obviously there are some right-leaning people, some not entirely mentally sound, who will decide to take things to a nasty level.
Do these people think that their leftwing politics and favorable coverage from Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon, and Brooke Baldwin protects them at their homes or when walking down the street alone?
If they’re willing to escalate this into threats and violence, how can they not realize that the same threats and violence will soon be visited upon them?
Unfortunately, this will probably get worse before it gets better.
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