Kurt Eichenwald recently had to deal with internet trolls. Some of the trolls used mean tactics. Here is his response:
For self-protection, I am taking a short twitter break. I will be spending that time with my lawyers & law enforcement going after 1 of u…
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald threatened legal action Friday against a Twitter user he accused of causing him to have an epileptic seizure.
Mr. Eichenwald, 55, said he’s taking time off from social media in order to concentrate on suing over a supposed seizure-spurring tweet he received Thursday evening.
In his tweet, which has since been deleted, Mike made mention of my seizures and included a small video. It contained images of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate symbol. I was carrying my iPad, looking at the still image on the video and, without thinking, touched the PLAY button.
Per Twitter’s Help Center: Posting photos or GIFs on Twitter==> https://support.twitter.com/articles/20156423
Why doesn’t my animated GIF play on Twitter?
Twitter supports looping GIFs. If your animated GIF doesn’t loop and plays a single time, it will display as a static image.
The internet troll post was screen-capped:
Notice how the GIF image has a play button. Why is arguing with a troll on Twitter a first response from Kurt Eichenwald’s wife? Why not immediately help her spouse, then call an ambulance?
Let me be clear seizures aren’t funny nor is Kurt Eichenwald’s history with them. But 10/16 story said push PLAY meaning auto play was off. pic.twitter.com/tDXbEMwmTw
— Bill Moran (@BillMoranWrites) December 22, 2016