Friday, August 18, 2017
People misidentified as marching with right wing in Charlottesville get doxed
Misidentification of people at the Charlottesville riots (mostly of people in the extreme right wings groups) has been taking place, with doxing and various threats to some people.
MSN has republished a story from the New York Times, by Daniel Victor, “Amateur sleuths aim to identify Charlottesville marchers, but sometimes misfire”, here.
The story concerns a University of Arkansas professor at the engineering school misidentified was a protestor wearing a shirt from the school. You can imagine what followed.
The article examines how the establishment press verifies identities.
Amateur sleuths do risk getting sued, but the targets may be in danger from some time.
This could become an existential problem in social media.