The Wikileaks Punishment Battalion are going round taking down names. If you've got a blacklist….. https://t.co/AIRO9i12h1
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) January 6, 2017
So you're threatening to dox every Twitter user who might dare to oppose you? Does the threat apply to anyone opposing Russia? Trump? Who? https://t.co/JFVSrWs0yO
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 6, 2017
Dox: search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
Putin/Trump’s new BFFs may have overreached themselves. As of Friday afternoon, per Brian Fung the Washington Post:
WikiLeaks wants to start building a list of verified Twitter users that would include highly sensitive and personal information about their families, their finances and their housing situations.
“We are thinking of making an online database with all ‘verified’ twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships,” WikiLeaks tweeted Friday.
[Ed. Note: They have since taken that tweet down.]
The disclosure organization, run by Julian Assange, says the information would be used for an artificial-intelligence program. But Twitter users immediately fired back, saying WikiLeaks would use the list to take political vengeance against those who criticize it.
Twitter “verifies” certain users, such as world leaders, nonprofit organizations and news outlets, with a blue check mark beside their names so that other users of the service can be confident about the posters’ identities. WikiLeaks, which has a verified Twitter account, did not say whether it would subject itself to the scrutiny it was proposing. (It was also unclear whether, under its plan, WikiLeaks would seek to uncover information about the financial lives of Russian President Vladimir Putin or President-elect Donald Trump, both of whom are verified on Twitter.)
Asked by journalist Kevin Collier why it needed to build a database of dossiers, WikiLeaks replied that the database would be used as a “metric to understand influence networks based on proximity graphs.”
But the proposal faced a sharp and swift backlash as technologists, journalists and security researchers slammed the idea as a “sinister” and dangerous abuse of power and privacy…
Timothy Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, compared the WikiLeaks proposal to a piece of British legislation that has been criticized as a massive boon to the surveillance industry.
“Don’t.even.think.about.it,” he tweeted.
Even the “hacktivist” organization Anonymous lined up against WikiLeaks.
“This is a sickening display of intimidation tactics,” it said, tagging the official Twitter accounts for the social network, its support team and chief executive Jack Dorsey.
Some read WikiLeaks’ suggestion as implying the threat of harassment or violence.
“Isn’t threatening to dox hundreds of thousands of Twitter users a TOS violation?” wondered Anil Dash, a tech entrepreneur. (To “dox” a person is to release documents related to his or her personal life in a way that potentially endangers that person’s safety. “TOS” stands for “terms of service.”)…
As for Twitter itself, the social network warned in a statement that WikiLeaks risked running afoul of its platform policies if it published personal information publicly. “Posting another person’s private and confidential information is a violation of the Twitter Rules,” the company told The Washington Post.
WikiLeaks did not respond to a request for comment on Twitter’s statement…
shdn't have to say, but leaking *& data collection* for harassment etc have nothing in common with legit disclosures in the public interest. https://t.co/OfUIrxEAzd
— David Kaye (@davidakaye) January 6, 2017
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 6, 2017
Wait, now you're against… leaks? https://t.co/F9sQu59LYX
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 6, 2017
Wikileaks threatening to dox every verified account on Twitter because the intel community hurt their feefees hoo boy.
— Boney Hurdle (@eclecticbrotha) January 7, 2017
ETA: In the system, a few bugs…
Wiki leaks falsely ID's someone while trying to demonstrate why a mass dox list isn't a terrible waste of their time. pic.twitter.com/bgU8bEof8V
— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) January 6, 2017