Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: Laura Poitras fired from First Look; Kickstarting a pad of "Tiny Paper Dungeons"; Facebook says it's the best henhouse fox; I was investigated by the FBI; Yugoslavia's Cold War obsession with Mexican music; Machine learning is a honeypot for phrenologists; Disneyland kills annual passes; Tesla's valuation is 1600x its profitability; and more!
Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2021/01/15/hoover-calling/
This has been a public service announcement.
That is all.
It's 100% true that being affluent, stable and employed by an org full of civil rights lawyers made me uniquely able to weather this tactic.
You shouldn't need that kind of privilege to be a person on the internet who doesn't have to worry about the FBI.
The thing to do with that kind of privilege is USE IT. Use the fact that you have access to lawyers and an audience and are less vulnerable to retaliation to tell people what happened so they can know about this messed up system.
The idea that the troll who sicced the FBI on me was the Louis Pasteur of Internet Hate whose unique insight led them to invent this incredibly creative tactic is...foolish. Making false reports to cops to shut up your opponents is as old as Plato. At least.
Try your argument out on other situations:
"Are you a woman who was terrorized by stalkerware? Shut up lest you give other stalkers ideas!"
"Did you get swatted and nearly killed? Don't blow the whistle or trolls will know it works!"
Note to galaxy brains: if you think that the right response to being shaken down by the FBI at the behest of an internet troll is to keep silent lest you "give trolls ideas," then you are not being very thoughtful about this.
I'm an immigrant whose citizenship application and residency are at stake. I came forward about my experience despite that because people deserve to know that this is happening and that federal law enforcement is enabling it.
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