Trolling Twitter To Expose The Media, Mainstream and Alternative

EDITORS NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED TO POINT OUT THE FACT THAT THE REPORTED LOOTERS ON TWITTER WERE FAKE AS POINTED OUT ON AIR BY POPEYE LAST WEEK. THIS IS WHY WE AS THE ALTERNATIVE MEDIA NEED TO INVESTIGATE THINGS AND NOT JUST TAKE A STORY AT FACE VALUE AND RUN WITH IT.

(Kevin Morris)   The year’s most embarrassing work of Web journalism has barely received the attention it deserves. We’re talking about the Daily Mail’piece on Twitter users bragging about their post-Sandy looting conquests, which quotes several obviously fake accounts. The Drudge Report and Infowars also picked up the story.

It turns out these tweets, which climbed to international attention via the phony #SANDYLOOTCREW hashtag, weren’t just random works of trolling: They were an organized effort put together by a group called the Gay N**ger Association of America(GNAA), an affiliate of hacker group Goatse Security.

We don’t want to dig into the depths of racial stereotyping that would lead a reporter to believe a tweet like this is real: “NIGGA I JUST STOLE A CAT OUTTA SUM1S HOUSE GET ON MY LEVEL.’” But nevertheless the Daily Mail earnestly reported on that tweet and other obviously fake posts—some of which used photographs taken as far back as 2005, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Catnapper: One person using the alias SevenleafB bragged about stealing a cat from a house during a looting-tour of New York,” read the caption to the photograph of the allegedly stolen cat.

 

It goes without saying that exposing racial biases was a big part of the GNAA’s goal. BetaBeat posted an excellent story earlier today that included an interview with one of the group members:

“To sum it up, myself and a few members of the GNAA thought that it would be amusing to pretend to be looters,” said Mr. Kaiser, who claims to be a 19-year-old African-American male living in New Mexico. “One of us came up with the hashtag #SANDYLOOTCREW. We were making the most ridiculous tweets that we could think .. .people will believe literally anything, even us stealing cats.”

He added, “Anyone who takes ‘NIGGA I JUST STOLE A CAT OUTTA SUM1S HOUSE GET ON MY LEVEL’ at face value probably shouldn’t be working in the news industry.”

WATCH ALEX JONES RANT ON THE “LOOTERS” BELOW.

http://www.dailydot.com/news/trolling-fake-hurricane-sandy-looting-tweets-media/

5 Responses to Trolling Twitter To Expose The Media, Mainstream and Alternative

  • Howard Zinn would say, "Shame on you for promoting RACISM." What’s up with that, POPEYE? The old Right/Left. I thought you were smarter than that. Yawn…..

  • I didn’t write the article, I re-posted it to expose the fact that what I called out last week on air was correct. The fake tweets.

  • While many of the internet tweets were fake it still doesn’t change the fact their were some people looting and robbing. I wouldn’t doubt some of the people were serious either, gang memebers routinely FB their exploits and tweet their rep nowdays. My family lives up in both areas Jersey and New York, their is some theft just not as widespread. If you don’t believe some people who actually went and stole stuff jumped on the tweet band wagon, well than you are mistaken. Maybe not that hash but I bet some others they did. Whomever started the hashtag wasn’,t doing anything, I bet some people most likely did cause they thought it was real. The smart looters wouldn’t be posting anything about it, but i’d rather see people report on it and bring it to the attention of citizens to help prevent such actions before they do take place in mass. If you would like to pick on someone for being A racist you can go right ahead and pick on me because Popeye isn’t the least bit. I’m A proud one, i don;t preach superiority and I support no orignization. I treat people fairly until you poop on me and I have no problem telling someone exactly who and what they are.

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