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YEP! New thread time. Today is a good day to talk about doxxing and harassing. So in conclusion: Don't do it. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Okay wait there's more... #WritingCommunity #AmWriting
Let me tell you a story. You see, several of the people I'm Twitter friends with have been consistently harassed, doxxed and yes even threatened by others on Twitter. It's a long story as to how it started, but it kept on going...
Troll accounts were set up to specifically target these individuals. The troll tweets included posting real names, partner names. even going after their children. To a lesser degree, I was harassed as well with this "not so clever" twist on my account and name:
Yeah right? I didn't get the worst of it though. The troll account changed its name multiple times to attack other people (ALWAYS women) and would do things like post pictures of a dead corgi (one of the women owned corgis) and one girl had semen photoshopped over her face.
Now a few of the women fought back and to them I say "hooray!" but some of us locked down our accounts because the abuse got so bad. The main attacker was some guy BUT the reason HE got involved was he was friends with authors who initially started the abuse and egged him on,
These authors were women by the way. They weren't well-known, but man they seemed to love to troll people - making racist and transphobic remarks about the people they attacked and sending their friends against them. You've seen these ladies in the #writingcommunity I'm sure.
They love the #writingcommunity hashtag. But although they thought they were the kingpins of the community, word quickly started spreading around. Popular authors with thousands of followers commented on their antics. You'd think this would give them something to reflect on...
But they didn't stop. So what are they getting out of this? Well let me tell you, once their names were associated with the horrible doxing, racism, and abuse, the nope list on Goodreads under their books grew...
As did the number of people blocking their twitter accounts. One of the "mean girl" authors in particular no longer has her book out, and a podcast where she blew off her racism and doxing as just one of of those things (tee hee) was recently removed due to backlash.
IT'S ALMOST AS IF doxing, trolling, attacking and abusing readers and other authors is a bad idea. GUESS WHAT? IT IS!
By the way, if someone knows - is it doxing or doxxing? I've used both during this thread and I'm not sure. Let me know. Anyhow, the point is, if you think trolling, doxing and trying to destroy another person's life will help your writing career, you're an idiot.
AND I'm not naming names here, because it's way too easy and hey, a brief search on Twitter can tell you who these people are. They make excuses, they blame it on "jealousy", anybody they attacked is the "real troll". They love to play victim which is their favorite game.
In conclusion, if you are lucky enough to have a writing career, or trying to get one off the ground, don't destroy it by destroying others. Because both word of mouth and social media are a pretty good incentive to at least act like a good person, if you cant be one. Thank you!
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