The Reddit troll outed by Gawker, it now out of work. He was fired by his financial services company, leaving him jobless and his disabled wife without health insurance. The firing came not even 24 hours after the story hit on Gawker. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin has gone on to say that banning Gawker links from Reddit was a mistake and has re-allowed it. ViolentAcrez had this to say:
“I’m eligible [for insurance], but COBRA is very expensive. Who can afford to pay 5 times as much for insurance at the very moment they lose their income? Only rich folks can afford COBRA. I have maybe 3 weeks pay in the bank. I just hope I can hold out a month. My wife hasn’t been able to work for over a year, and our savings will last about 3 weeks, not considering the current lack of health insurance.”
Maybe there’s a subreddit for out of work trolls that he can jump into.
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Unemployment is an option too.. Guess being on the dole is a problem tho. And he can get medicare Bennys.. See this is how easy it is to change ur political party when u have a situation that's being discussed. I do agree he was a bit of a slim. So i dont know what I feel but it's not my issue to figure out.. I think his job is a dick since it was his personal life unless they feel he was doing it while working but I think a warning would be more deserving... But meh good luck to him but having a disabled wife and seeking teen jerk material sounds like he didn't give a fuck about that situation either..
Does freedom of speech or expression really apply to a faceless poster on a msg. board. I question that you can cry fowl when you were posting things that you wouldn't in your own name stand behind and then be surprised when your called out on it. I see freedom of speech as someone having an opinion and standing up in front of people and voicing that opinion and putting there name to it, not namelessly throwing out questionably illegal material and hoping no one ever finds out who did it. 2nd I really doubt that Reddit has any legal obligation to make sure that they keep your identity private.
Trials and tribulations on the rapidly shrinking internet frontier. On one hand you'd hope an anonymous poster can stay anonymous forever, but on the other he admittedly "trusted" the wrong people with his real name and allowed the thin line between himself and his username get penetrated by this journalist with a hard-on for reddit. He played the Game of Trolls and he lost.
Sue the Gawker Reporter--it is completely their fault hes out of work. Some random asshole reporter uses his personal vendetta to attack Reddit and burns this guy in the process. I dont give a fuck what he did online, he never cost anyone their job.
I am trying to figure out a reason to support this guy since I (like most people) have had "questionable" internet habits. However I can't think of one. Perhaps he can learn a lesson?
Probably should have checked that morals clause in his employment contract.
Only 3 weeks pay in the bank, probably should have been working harder to build up your savings instead of spending so much time trolling Reddit.
Fuck this guy and his fat ass wife. I read the article and he's a scumbag that "enjoyed riling people up". Before the internet a man like this had to go around and rile people up in person, but it didn't happen much because eventually people will kick your ass for fucking with them. Now the internet lets you be a dick anonymously, and we all of the sudden feel like this is an unalienable right? I hope every other internet troll is seeing this so they know, yeah you can be a dick online but there's always a chance you'll get found out and have to face the people you've been torturing.
If you feel bad for this guy, just pretend one of the underage girls he exploited was the one to out him, not Gawker.
Ohh well maybee he should ask elaine to write him a check.... and theres all wayzz food stamps lololz
I don't think he should've been fired, because what he does on the internet doesn't have anything to do with his job. However, if you're going to be this massive reddit troll, then talk about how you went down on your teenage stepdaughter, wipe as many of your tracks away as you can. Kill the dots that connect you to your real name.
I hope he sues the shit out of Gawker and his former employer. Think of people like Jim Norton, if he wasn't able to make a career out of all his twisted fetishes and stories and perverted sense of humor it would be very unlikely he'd be making a living right now.
Also this does not bode well for the free exchange of ideas and opinions, people are more likely to express controversial opinions and ideas if they believe there is some level of anonymity (after all sites like reddit in fact sell themselves on the idea that there is anonymous exchange).
There is no evidence that he broke any laws, he is not on trial or even being investigated and while support the rights of private enterprise I also feel that this boils down to a lack of legal rights being extended to the internet as it has replaced the traditional forms of media but has still yet to be recognized as a media entity and as and also virtual property/privacy rights have barely been considered. It's easy to target one person of unpopular opinion but it's those people that the legal and social precedents against all people are formed.
If he can get his hands on some Kate Upton upskirts he wouldn't have to work another day in his life.
The lack of empathy for this man is frightening. There have been a lot of horrible things said on the Interrobang. Put yourself in this man's shoes and have some compassion. I understand that what this guy did was pure sickness, but to lose your livelihood over something you posted online is just sad.
I suppose he should have spent more time doing what was best for him and his ailing wife and less time being creepy? Regardless, I wouldn't wish losing your job on no one.
There's easy ways to stay anonymous on the internet.. If he gave out his real name to anyone or any site with a similar username he gave up the right to stay anonymous.
He had to know that if he ever got outed, he would lose his job. He had to know that the internet has a habit of not keeping secrets. In fact, that was mostly what he did on the internet - publish things that people probably wanted to be private. Sucks for him, but he kind of doesn't have much of a non-ironic complaint about what ended up happening to him.
I've yet to hear of a general consensus among thinkers as to whether online anonymity is a fundamental human right. In the meantime, best be careful on the interwebs.