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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:19 AM

Elderly woman threatened after she's falsely linked to pro-shooting tweets

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A 71-year-old woman says she got hundreds of phone calls Monday night after someone posted her number on Twitter and claimed it was the number of someone tweeting as the Newtown, Conn., shooter.

The woman, who has not been identified by authorities, lives in an unincorporated area of the county near O’Fallon, Mo. She told police the calls, which she estimated to number more than 500, started coming in about 5:30 p.m. and continued until 11:30 p.m.

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Anonymous, a group authorities say has hacked into various government agencies, claimed at one point to have gotten into @BlastinKids’ account, and it posted the supposed owner’s phone number and an address on Twitter and various websites, police said.

Both pieces of information were inaccurate, but the 71-year-old woman ended up bombarded with calls.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/elderly-woman-threatened-after-she-s-falsely-linked-to-pro/article_c2bd36b9-679d-558b-9bf8-23297010edfa.html

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Reply Elderly woman threatened after she's falsely linked to pro-shooting tweets (Original post)
pintobean Dec 2012 OP
HereSince1628 Dec 2012 #1
pipoman Dec 2012 #2
gussmith Dec 2012 #3
pintobean Dec 2012 #4
gussmith Dec 2012 #6
randome Dec 2012 #5

Response to pintobean (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:24 AM

1. Digital Vigilantism...what could go wrong?


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Response to pintobean (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:45 AM

2. At what point will Anonymous end up

getting some innocent person or people killed? Reckless vigilantes are as dangerous as any other criminals..

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Response to pintobean (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:21 AM

3. Labels

Calling a 71-year old 'elderly' isn't going to win you any kudos.

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Response to gussmith (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:45 AM

4. Is the word offensive?

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Response to pintobean (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:20 PM

6. Unnecessary

Elderly may have been intended as a kindness but it is judgmental, like 'childish' or 'infantile' or 'prepubescent' or 'homily' would be considered. A writer does not need to quantify the person beyond giving the age, if it is meaningful to even that.

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Response to pintobean (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:19 AM

5. But Anonymous saved us and is saving us still!!!!

Jesus, Christ, I've had it with the intellectually bankrupt who think they are super-heroes.

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