I guess one serious post I will make is this: there is a real movement to threaten, endanger, and literally kill journalists for doing their jobs. The tactics (doxing, stalking, calls for doxing and stalking, death threats, lies or misleading statements in order to stir people up) are replicable and are being replicated. This is now part of the job description. It shouldn’t have to be. The only allies we have are members of the public who can discern and call out dishonesty.

@sarahjeong This has been the reality in Eastern Europe, China, much of Latin America, and parts of Africa for decades or longer. That is is coming here—and growing—is terrible. That it’s being actively promoted by a major political party and the executive branch of government is frightening.

@Cdespinosa @sarahjeong the cops have been pointing guns at me and stealing my film/memory cards in Latin America for a long time now, I’m worried about this reality coming to the States.

@Cdespinosa @sarahjeong that was my immediate thought also on reading Sarah's toot. "being a journalist is deadly" has been true often and in many places.

"It can't happen here" is a lie the West needs to wake up from. This also applies to fascism etc. Holy shit, it's really happening. (Again.)

@sarahjeong fyi DMs on Mastodon are not secure. They aren't encrypted and admins have access to them.

If you are on a big instance like where you don't know the admins, assume your DMs are out in the open.

@sarahjeong @rosstripi you might be able to leverage keybase's client side text encryption here

but then it's just like email

@sarahjeong @rosstripi you probably know that already but Signal, otoh, is good, and pretty secure

@sarahjeong buh. just seeing now that Mastodon logs keep current and last full IP address. There's an issue for it, presumably because legal (German DPA/GDPR implentation). And it's marked medium priority.

@sarahjeong ❤️❤️❤️❤️ a much smaller version of this happened to me and i stand with you 20000000000%

@sarahjeong Reading about this woman from Shenzhen in the maker movement and her experiences with vice and you in particular makes me wonder where this is coming from. It's tempting to call it US-centric, even self-interested and -justifying, but it's more than that.

It's telling that in an increasingly, openly authoritarian world that the loudest voices talking about harassment online are talking about other private citizens, not governments or corporations.

@sarahjeong I disagree with the toxic bullying and threats, but there are people even on the left who have lost all respect for journalists after 2016. And ever since it’s been the trump show which is giving him exactly what he wants.

Says the one who published personal details of a person who got arrested this month by the Chinese police.

Your hypocricy knows no bounds.


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