Twitter Appears OK with Pizzagate Peddler Doxing Roy Moore’s Accuser (Gizmodo)

Twitter Appears OK with Pizzagate Peddler Doxing Roy Moore’s Accuser

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Right–wing conspiracy peddler Jack Posobiec—the guy who riled up his followers over “Pizzagate” and nearly got someone killed—appears to have gotten away with doxing AL Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s accuser.

On Friday, Posobiec tweeted a photo of Leigh Corfman, who accused Moore of sexually assaulting her in 1979 when she was 14 and Moore was a 32–year–old assistant district attorney. Along with a recent photo of Corfman taken from one of her social media accounts, Posobiec included information about Corfman’s last known place of employment.

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It was a dog whistle for Posobiec’s #MAGA followers, who would know what to do—just as North Carolina man Edgar Maddison Welch knew what to do when he walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizza shop in Chevy Chase, MD, last December armed with an AR–15 to save the “children” from a fake Clinton–Podesta pedophilia ring.

Posobiec deleted the Corfman tweet after being called out by political satirist Vic Berger, and then went into overdrive denying any wrongdoing.

The incident was reported in a story by Newsweek, and since then, Posobiec has had more than a few Twitter exchanges with Newsweek’s Michael Edison Hayden and others, including this one:

Referring to Posobiec, Berger told Newsweek, “His social media accounts should be deleted immediately before someone gets killed.”

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The Daily Beast also published a story condemning Twitter for failing to act on Posobiec’s account, which has been given the social media company’s verified blue check. Twitter verified Posobiec’s account after he began pushing the Pizzagate conspiracy, by the way.

According to that report:

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment on Posobiec’s doxxing. The company has responded to every request for comment on harassment-related inquiries from The Daily Beast in 2017 with the statement that “we do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.”

The company claimed it would be “clearer about these policies and decisions in the future” just last month. When asked for clarification about Posobiec’s status as a verified account, just one hour after that announcement, the company declined to comment.

As the Daily Beast points out, Rose McGowan’s Twitter was briefly shut down after she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. The reason Twitter gave for taking that step was that McGowan allegedly had included a phone number in her tweets.

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Posobiec’s attacks on Moore’s accuser are another episode in a long series of despicable reactions to The Washington Post’s story, published on Thursday. Splinter’s Katherine Krueger compiled some of the worst of those Republican reactions so far. Read those here.

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November 11, 2017 at 03:51PM