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[ NNSquad ] When Twitter attacks: how trolls use social media to silence

When Twitter attacks: how trolls use social media to silence

http://j.mp/VG1gJG (SFGate)

   "Such was the case this weekend in the Twitter feed of Clara Jeffery,
    co-editor of Mother Jones.  On Saturday, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle,
    described as the the most lethal sniper in American military history,
    was shot and killed at a Texas gun range, reportedly by a former
    Marine suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.  Jeffery
    tweeted: "So much for good/talented guy with a gun being able to stop
    mentally ill guy with a gun."  It was an apparent rebuttal to NRA
    Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's now famous quote in the wake
    of the Newtown tragedy: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a
    gun is a good guy with a gun."  But the reaction to Jeffery's tweet
    was swift and vicious, soon turning misogynistic and threatening,
    particularly after the responders realized she had a child. You can
    read much of the unedited responses here (or if you dig down here).
    But these are a few of the nastiest lowlights ..."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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