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Charlottesville crisis: Twitter account names and shames white supremacists

Charlottesville crisis: Twitter account names and shames white supremacists

Reactions to the news quickly followed on social media.

But the Facebook post wasn't circulated by law enforcement in the search for a suspect or by relatives looking for a missing loved one.

An online crowdsourcing campaign is underway to identify demonstrators who attended white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

In the days since "alt-right" white supremacists descended on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, for a white power rally, one Twitter user is leading the charge in exposing and publicly shaming the participants.

"I'm a white Jewish man". "I have friends who went to Charlottesville to counter-protest the Nazis, and once I saw the news of the auto incident it was very worrying until I was able to get in touch with them and confirm they were safe".

Trump came under fire from both Democrats and Republicans in the immediate aftermath of the carnage when he bemoaned the violence on "many sides" in broad strokes.

A website created Sunday dedicated itself to collecting the names, social media profiles, colleges and employers of people photographed at the rally.

The following day, rally participant James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his auto into a group of counter-demonstrators, killing protester Heather Heyer and injuring others, according to police. "It's how they worked when they were burning crosses in people's yards", he said in another interview with Time on Tuesday.

"Early on in the game, I made a decision to troll them by alternately confirming then denying that I was the person in the picture, in order to confuse the trail and distract them from the guy they were after".

But is it helpful? "Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups", said a spokesperson. They see its removal as another step in the elimination of white culture.

Mr. Smith apparently does not believe a left-wing, nonprofit worker who writes for HuffPost is who people think would be behind an account like this.

But the method isn't foolproof.

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After the Boston marathon bombing in 2013, users from Reddit and 4Chan, two popular online communities that boast millions of monthly users, wrongly identified Sunil Tripathi, a missing Brown University student, as one of the suspects based on images from the scene.

The protestors carrying torches in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday did not wear hoods or traditional Klan attire.

"I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was".

But spread it did. "I understand the photo has a very negative connotation", he told U.S. channel KTVN.

The account so far has named a student called Peter Cvjetanovic, whose identity was confirmed by a local news team. Spokeswoman Kerri Garcia said the university is "still monitoring the situation and reviewing information". We have reached out to the school and Cvjetanovic for a comment. There was no telephone listing available for him in Reno.

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The first person the account identified, Cole White, reportedly lost their job thanks in part to the research work the Twitter account is doing.

"I'm not trying to get anybody fired", Smith said.

Cvjetanovic said he didn't condone violence, either. Compelling individuals to be accountable for their words and deeds online or off is not a threat to freedom of expression.

"I have been receiving death threats for the past 20 hours or so", Smith, told the N&O. He said, "They are saying they are going to kill me, insulting my wife, insulting my family".

He later spoke with Channel 2 News about his participation at the rally.

Meanwhile, a brand of "tiki torches" has distanced itself from marchers who wielded the outdoor lamps.