Fellow writer, SJW, and friend of the author Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) has left Twitter following months of harassment from the #gamergate online hate mob. Jubbal had been targeted since last fall, after coining the popular hashtag #StopGamerGate2014. He quit this week after Photoshopped tweets were circulated by his detractors, attempting to smear Jubbal for comments he never made.
Their latest bit of harassment, though, is a low blow.
A Spanish newspaper apologized Sunday after it printed the photo of a Canadian Sikh man, which had been altered and presented as the image of a person responsible for the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday.
An image of Veerender Jubbal, a freelance writer from the Greater Toronto Area, began circulating online shortly after multiple, co-ordinated attacks in Paris left 129 dead and hundreds injured. The image appeared to show Jubbal, who was not identified by name, wearing a suicide bomb vest and holding a Qur’an.
The photo was eventually posted by an unofficial ISIS support group on the social media platform Telegram, the same platform that ISIS used to claim responsibility for the Paris attacks.
It spread pretty far and wide.
Italian TV channel TG24 shared the image on its website and with its 1.98 million Twitter followers […]
“Well, just got a phone call from a cousin in India, and they know about it; and saw the whole thing in India Times. We might sue, I guess.”
Is there anyone left who thinks GamerGate is about ethics, in any shape or fashion? I’m guessing no, given how heavily they’re mocked nowadays.
[2015-11-17]: As is usual, members of GamerGate are denying any responsibility. Unfortunately for them, the paper trail is pretty strong.
Astonishingly, amongst the evidence offered by Gamergate that blacktric has no association with them is a tweet where he refers to GG as “us”.
Before deletion, blacktric’s twitter account also featured the post, “GamerGate is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to both gaming and journalism.” It is not hard to find further evidence of his affiliations – just Google “Gamergate” and “blacktric” together. With assistance from an anonymous source, we’ve identified the individual behind this account as a 24-year-old man from Turkey, and this information has been passed both to Mr Jubbal and the relevant authorities.
Thank goodness hate group members aren’t all that bright, by definition.
[2015-11-17]: Whoops, the article I linked to carries an update.
Gamergate members have insisted that blacktric has no association with the group, but that is contradicted by his posting on the GG subreddit KIA*, jolly back-and-forths with Gamergate’s “based lawyer” Mike Cernovich, and his history of commenting on stories about the group. Astonishingly, amongst the evidence offered by Gamergate that blacktric has no association with them is a tweet where he refers to GG as “us”.
(*This comment was deleted by KIA moderators after this article was published. It is archived here.)
Such ethics! Much wow!