Kurt Eichenwald Plans To Sue Twitter Troll, May Have A Hole In Argument About Twitter Autoplaying GIFs

Kurt Eichenwald recently had to deal with internet trolls. Some of the trolls used mean tactics. Here is his response:

Kurt Eichenwald, epileptic Newsweek reporter, says Twitter user gave him a seizure – The Washington Times:

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?

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