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The Double Identity of An "Anti-Semitic" Commenter


Society & Culture  (tags: Common Dreams investigation, anti-Semtiism, deception, ethics, dishonesty, society, news, corruption, interesting )

Carrie
- 121 days ago - commondreams.org
A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than 1000 damaging anti-Semitic comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website's discussion of...



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Lona Goudswaard (79)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 4:48 am
This is a really scary article, Carrie, and another warning that we all need to be very cautious of what we read and see on the internet and stay true to ourselves and what we believe in. I doubt though that here are many people about like this Harvard graduate who have time to spare to set up such an elaborate scheme of pseudo anti-Semitic comments and, equally fake, counter progressive comments. A person like that would need to be both obsessive compulsive and socially isolated to keep a scam like this going at such an intensity. Let's hope none of our Care2 members are prone to this kind of trolling.
 

Kathleen Mireault (106)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 9:38 am
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. This dude definitely needs to get a Life! Talk about a waste of time and energy...
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 11:45 am
Well, we're pretty sure we have people at Care2 who use more than one name. So far I'm not aware of any who fight with themselves and lose. Though it's not impossible. As Lona says, we should be staying true to ourselves.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 1:21 pm
I don't understand the point of Trolling, especially when it ruins legitimate Non-Profit sites that would help something you Supposedly care about!
LOL Joanne - I can Imagine several Care2-ers who would fight themselves & lose - but not on purpose! :)
 

Erika M. (200)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 2:41 pm
I agree with Lona. That had to take an extreme amount of time and effort to pull off. It seems ridiculous to me to basically argue with yourself in the comments section of a website.
 

Darren Woolsey (110)
Friday August 22, 2014, 3:37 am
Unfortunately, the Internet and social media is a perfect breeding ground for nefarious activities. . . one would have to have acres of spare time, and not be worried about other life issues to spend all one's time in cyberspace.
 

Kate Kenner (211)
Friday August 22, 2014, 4:40 pm
Pretty sad. With all the problems in Gaza and throughout the ages, it is hard enough without being stigmatized by another Jew. Having grown up with country club parents I did not have any good images of Jews and just decide I was not one (I was a doped so figured I didn't have to be Jewish). When I found out my birth mother was indeed Jewish-Hebe it said on my birth records-I decided I and to deal with it as I did have negative images of what it meant to be Jewish and had my own mild anti-Semitism-nothing like this guy. I saw a presentation on the resistance during WWII and it gave me the positive message I needed. I don;t know what happened to him as I did not read the whole article but it is a shame that he is so angry and verbally violent.
 

Debra G. (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 10:16 pm
What a convoluted, byzantine, absurdist scheme. And it kinda worked?
 

Carrie B. (317)
Friday August 22, 2014, 10:22 pm
It worked until he got caught and was pointed out to be the fool he really was.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 6:19 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

Evanola Davis (83)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:59 am
A true example of not always believing what you read!
 
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