[Discussion] The Inconceivable Power of Trolls in Social Media

This is a follow-on to the nearly two year old topic "Trouble at the Kool-Aid Point." The intention is to provide a place to discuss the unreasonable power social media trolls have over women and minorities, with a primary focus on video games (though other examples are certainly welcome).

Shirrako appears to have celebrated his channel's reinstatement with new videos such as "Deporting A Mexican" and "Beating Up Chinese Man"

Charming fellow.

pyxistyx wrote:
Shirrako appears to have celebrated his channel's reinstatement with new videos such as "Deporting A Mexican" and "Beating Up Chinese Man"

Charming fellow.

I mean at least you have to claim to be of the proper age to enjoy such things.

actually according to the article those last two aren't age gated. Youtube gonna Youtube, i guess.

That White House video thing of Jim Acosta feels like it's a troll exercise to get the media to attack the President so he can counterattack them.

Bfgp wrote:

That White House video thing of Jim Acosta Everything from this administration feels like it's a troll exercise to get the media to attack the President so he can counterattack them.

FTFY.

muraii wrote:
Bfgp wrote:

That White House video thing of Jim Acosta Everything from this administration feels like it's a troll exercise to get the media to attack the President so he can counterattack them.

FTFY.

What is worse is they are justifying it with a doctored video from info wars. They added modified frames it seems to look like he chopped the intern. Huckabuck retweeted it as evidence and people ripped it apart.

Gaslighter in Chief

That viral ‘Lord of the Rings’ tweet about ‘elves of color’ is a hoax

Some jackass tweeted a faked headline from Amazon Studios claiming that their new Middle Earth series would include "elves of color." The reaction is about what you would expect.

Bonus: the tweet is still live, and the troll is still bragging about how much sh*t he stirred up.

GOG community manager has been fired. The tipping point seems to be including a hashtag related to hate groups in his tweets.

The typical defense for the guy makes no sense. GOG caved to liberal pressure. Gog paid the guy to make them look good on social media. He did the exact opposite so should have been fired.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

GOG community manager has been fired. The tipping point seems to be including a hashtag related to hate groups in his tweets.

The typical defense for the guy makes no sense. GOG caved to liberal pressure. Gog paid the guy to make them look good on social media. He did the exact opposite so should have been fired.

Woah. That’s actually good news. Didn’t think that would happen.

5th or 6th time's the charm? They should have done this the after the first incident, and definitely after the second.

Edit - Doing it at all is good, but it's barely a start given how many "mistakes" they let him make.

It's a start.

Is there a credible source for this though?

Apparently his profile has been deleted from GOG's forum, he was also a community manager/mod there. Haven't seen anything official from GOG about it, though from the little I looked at the other mods aren't disputing it.

oof. wish i hadn't bothered wasting my time googling for more info. All i got back was the same alt-right/gamergate "ma freeze peach 'cause snowflakes" rubbish.

On the GOG forum threads about it I mostly saw that, but mixed in were a few people who liked his presence on their forum but agreed with him getting fired over the tweets. They were distinctly in the minority though.

Hobear wrote:
muraii wrote:
Bfgp wrote:

That White House video thing of Jim Acosta Everything from this administration feels like it's a troll exercise to get the media to attack the President so he can counterattack them.

FTFY.

What is worse is they are justifying it with a doctored video from info wars. They added modified frames it seems to look like he chopped the intern. Huckabuck retweeted it as evidence and people ripped it apart.

CNN is suing the White House to get Acosta re-instated.

Stengah wrote:

5th or 6th time's the charm? They should have done this the after the first incident, and definitely after the second.

Edit - Doing it at all is good, but it's barely a start given how many "mistakes" they let him make.

When I deleted my GOG account, I made a point of telling them that it was because of the company's repeated incidents on Twitter. I doubt it was widespread, but I know a number of other people who also deleted their accounts after the #WontBeErased tweet. I like to think that had some affect on the decision here.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Stengah wrote:

5th or 6th time's the charm? They should have done this the after the first incident, and definitely after the second.

Edit - Doing it at all is good, but it's barely a start given how many "mistakes" they let him make.

When I deleted my GOG account, I made a point of telling them that it was because of the company's repeated incidents on Twitter. I doubt it was widespread, but I know a number of other people who also deleted their accounts after the #WontBeErased tweet. I like to think that had some affect on the decision here.

I'm another one who did the same

Reaper81 wrote:
Hobear wrote:
muraii wrote:
Bfgp wrote:

That White House video thing of Jim Acosta Everything from this administration feels like it's a troll exercise to get the media to attack the President so he can counterattack them.

FTFY.

What is worse is they are justifying it with a doctored video from info wars. They added modified frames it seems to look like he chopped the intern. Huckabuck retweeted it as evidence and people ripped it apart.

CNN is suing the White House to get Acosta re-instated.

So it seems Sarah Huckabee Sanders is switching the White House's story from Acosta beat up a comms intern to Acosta is a big, unprofessional meanie who's monopolizing press conferences so it's almost like he and CNN are the ones impinging on the 1st Amendment rights of other press badge holders, not the Trump administration.

She even said that Trump answered both of Acosta's questions. He did. But what's getting lost is that the answers to those questions were 1) Trump views the immigrant caravan seeking asylum as an invasion and a threat, and 2) Trump views the Mueller investigation as a hoax.

And Sanders conveniently left out the part where Trump literally used his bully pulpit to single out Acosta saying "CNN should be ashamed having you work for them. You are a rude, terrible person, and you shouldn't be working for CNN." I wonder if Sanders would think that Trump was being unprofessional when he personally insulted Acosta in front of Acosta's peers (and the rest of America) during an official White House press conference.

OG_slinger wrote:
Reaper81 wrote:
Hobear wrote:
muraii wrote:
Bfgp wrote:

That White House video thing of Jim Acosta Everything from this administration feels like it's a troll exercise to get the media to attack the President so he can counterattack them.

FTFY.

What is worse is they are justifying it with a doctored video from info wars. They added modified frames it seems to look like he chopped the intern. Huckabuck retweeted it as evidence and people ripped it apart.

CNN is suing the White House to get Acosta re-instated.

So it seems Sarah Huckabee Sanders is switching the White House's story from Acosta beat up a comms intern to Acosta is a big, unprofessional meanie who's monopolizing press conferences so it's almost like he and CNN are the ones impinging on the 1st Amendment rights of other press badge holders, not the Trump administration.

She even said that Trump answered both of Acosta's questions. He did. But what's getting lost is that the answers to those questions were 1) Trump views the immigrant caravan seeking asylum as an invasion and a threat, and 2) Trump views the Mueller investigation as a hoax.

And Sanders conveniently left out the part where Trump literally used his bully pulpit to single out Acosta saying "CNN should be ashamed having you work for them. You are a rude, terrible person, and you shouldn't be working for CNN." I wonder if Sanders would think that Trump was being unprofessional when he personally insulted Acosta in front of Acosta's peers (and the rest of America) during an official White House press conference.

No. Trump’s just telling the truth.

Man pleads guilty to ‘swatting’ hoax that led police to fatally shoot Kansas man

A California man has pleaded guilty to making a hoax call that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game.

Tyler R Barriss, 26, admitted to making the false report resulting in a death, as well as cyberstalking and conspiracy related to the deadly swatting calls in Kansas. The deal with prosecutors will send him to prison for at least 20 years, if the judge accepts it. He had previously pleaded not guilty in Kansas.

As part of the plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Barriss pleaded guilty to a total of 51 charges that included federal charges initially filed in California and the District of Columbia related to other fake calls and threats.

In the case from the District of Columbia, Barriss pleaded guilty to two counts for making hoax bomb threats in phone calls to the headquarters of the FBI and the Federal Communications Commission in Washington DC.

In the California case, he pleaded guilty to 46 counts for making false reports that bombs were planted at high schools, universities, shopping malls and television stations. He called from Los Angeles to emergency numbers in Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Utah, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Florida and Canada.

You would think not being SWATTED would be the default, but no. Turns out you have to call your local PD and tell them you don't want to be SWATTED.

That's because so many cops are bloodthirsty savages. Not all of them, but enough. They must slake their thirst at every opportunity. Blood for the blood god. They tried to take my weapon.

That probably deserves its own topic.

Eleima wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

GOG community manager has been fired. The tipping point seems to be including a hashtag related to hate groups in his tweets.

The typical defense for the guy makes no sense. GOG caved to liberal pressure. Gog paid the guy to make them look good on social media. He did the exact opposite so should have been fired.

Woah. That’s actually good news. Didn’t think that would happen.

Stengah wrote:

5th or 6th time's the charm? They should have done this the after the first incident, and definitely after the second.

Edit - Doing it at all is good, but it's barely a start given how many "mistakes" they let him make.

Anyone know what jurisdiction his employment falls under? Or was he contract or full time? For all we know there was a process that had to be followed before he could be legally let go and even then a notice period had to be served. The notion that you can fire people on the spot is not really a reality for most of Europe. Even here in Ireland which as had a relatively fluid labour market in the EU, any of the singular acts the individual committed aren't quite enough grounds for dismissal.

Again, I'm utterly clueless here but it's worth considering that firing people is a little tricker outside of the US. Then again, if he was in the US it would be odd.

Many businesses have three strikes prior to dismissal. It is not unheard of for a stern warning to preempt a strike. Appeals. Unions. As well as rolling back a strike after a period of time.

Maybe this douche played such a system for as long as he could. Not anymore. *smug laugh*

Wired: A QUIET WAR RAGES OVER WHO CAN MAKE MONEY ONLINE

OVER THE PAST year, two popular forums for men who identify as involuntary celibates, or incels, have been banned by Reddit and a domain registrar in response to members’ history of toxic misogyny and celebrating violence against women. Now some of these men are trying to turn the tables. Members of the incel community—including the official Twitter account for incels.is, a central hub for adherents—have joined with other men’s rights activists, using the content policies of online payment companies such as PayPal as weapons to block female pornographic actors and sex workers from making or spending money online.

The campaign is called the “ThotAudit,” in reference to the derogatory term “thot,” which stands for “that ho over there.” It began over the Thanksgiving holiday as a grassroots effort to intimidate sex workers and women who sell access to private pornographic social media accounts by reporting them to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion—without evidence of wrongdoing. But it quickly morphed into a battle over who has the right to make money on the internet.

The harassers are taking advantage of user reporting tools made available by companies like PayPal, Venmo, and CirclePay, in an attempt to force their targets offline and freeze their finances. The tactic has far-reaching implications beyond adult entertainment. Foreign governments and other groups have abused the policies to silence opponents on platforms like Twitter and Facebook for years. Attacking through the payment processors is a new wrinkle on that approach.

Milo's grift is surely on its' last legs now.

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