You've likely heard about Felicia Day's tumblr post regarding #GamerGate, and the immediate doxxing that occurred. Sites like Gawker thought it was newsworthy.
I thought this was an important issue to discuss, because like many of the issues revolving around #GamerGate, nuance is required to fully understand what happened, and certain websites openly admit to refusing to deal in nuance (Or even rudimentary levels of research.) So here is some information that Gawker's writers either did not discover or chose not to cover.
Here is the screenshot of Felicia Day being doxxed.
Note: The information that was presented was incorrect and led to her talent agency. I censored it anyway.
Understanding what is going on here requires a little bit of background. InternetAristocrat is the alias of a prominent #GamerGate supporter who is well-known for his livestreams. Certainly, if you take a quick glance at the image, it appears that he has presented some information about the location of Felicia Day. Further inspection will reveal that the comment was made by "InternetAristocat," spelled without an R. We're all smart enough to see that, right? I'll take your word for it that you noticed it. Unfortunately, much of the internet is not smart enough to tell the difference and last night an explosion of tweets claiming that InternetAritocrat doxxed her.
But now, we know for certain that InternetAritocrat was not that person who posted the information. In fact, we can see quite clearly that it appears it was made by someone who wanted to frame him. From that point, the question must be asked, who is more likely to do such a thing? Would it be members of #GamerGate, or someone who opposed #GamerGate? Why would #GamerGate supporters frame one of our own? Who had something to benefit from framing one of our most important voices?
What I'm here to tell you is just want to tell you that it's incredibly important for you to look at the information presented to you from websites that are clearly and obviously opposed to or supportive of #GamerGate with suspicion. Gawker fits into one of those categories.
Gawker would hone in on a particular example cited by The Guardian, that the information was reposted by someone with the name "gaimerg8." GaimerG8 is a tumblr account that, if it ever existed at all, did not exist long enough to ever be cached by any search engine or archived by archive.org. It was made for only one reason, to post the information concerning Felicia Day. I feel like this begs a question: Why would a #Gamergate supporter doxx Felicia Day at all, much less do so with the name "gaimerG8?" On the other hand, knowing how quickly the media latches onto excuses to portray #GamerGate negatively, why wouldn't a third-party looking to make #GamerGate look bad do so? The only difference between this example and the previous one involving InternetAristocrat is it appears that this one was intended to additionally slander the movement as a whole, in addition to InternetAristocrat.
On the /gg/ board at 8chan, these posts were also made that night. These posts include graphic language.
For those of you unaware, 8chan uses a system of forced anonymity - however, every poster gets an "ID", which tells you who is who in a thread. As you can see, all of these posts were made by the same person pretending to be multiple people, both in and out of Vancouver. This is the behavior of someone attempting to smear #GamerGate who was unaware of the system in place that would allow us to identify the posts' source. I think it's important to ask, who would have a vested interest in creating the appearance that #GamerGate had plans on causing harm to Felicia Day? Personally, I think the answer to this is obvious.
Brianna Wu posted this on twitter as evidence of threads being made against her. The image she posted did not include the red boxes:
She would later delete this image upon realizing that the IDs exposed all the of the posts as being from the same person. I invite anyone with critical thinking skills to really analyze this image - the outdated meme picture, quotes like "the war on women in gaming begins soon," and "Don't forget to post her dox so we can harass her", the same ID, and the timing of the posts, all within 8 minutes of each other clearly prove that this is a single person, and point towards it being a single person attempting to smear #GamerGate. I feel that this is someone literally putting the talking points of anti-GamerGaters into our mouths.
Imagine if you saw an anonymous "Democrat" writing "Yeah, I hate Republicans! I can't wait until we start our secret, illegal, voting fraud operation, which we, the Democrats love committing! It'll be a great way to to really make sure that the Republicans don't have a chance to push their pure and just anti-baby murdering (Which we also love!) legislation!"
You would be somewhat skeptical, yeah?
(Brianna Wu, after realizing what was actually being portrayed in the screenshot she tweeted would later delete it, so credit to her for that.)
What I hope I've explained to you here is that there are people who want very much to control this discussion and you must be very careful about trusting the information they present. I am a supporter of #GamerGate and I don't pretend otherwise, so you should likewise treat what I say with suspicion. That being said, I hope the evidence I've provided helps shine some light on what I think are the facts of the situation. I'll be around for awhile if you have any further questions!
Also, if you'd actually like to do something about doxxing and death threats that have happened to people on both sides, I invite you to contact the FBI directly, asking that they investigate such incidents. You can find information for doing so at endthethreats.wordpress.com
UPDATE! One of the people who exposed Felicia Day's details has been discovered has been discovered. To avoid claims of photoshopping or the deletion of tweets here it is an archive link. Discovered by a #GamerGate supporter, @a_man_in_black admitted to posting her details. His feelings on #Gamergate can clearly be seen by going to his twitter. He was NOT the posters known as GaimerG8 or "InternetAristocat."
The commentator Oswald Cobblepot says: Your update is really misleading. A Man in Black had a screenshot of the original comment that posted Day's address. A lot of people (including you) were claiming that the original comment only revealed her talent agency's address, so it isn't really doxxing. In order to prove them wrong, A Man in Black posted the screenshot, but with everything except part of the street number blacked out. The purpose was to show people that the address in the original comment was not her talent agency's, and he didn't reveal her address. To equate this with doxxing is ridiculous.