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The Ornithologist and the Mob; whothe Internet Called a Murderer

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This is not about birds, or museum  ollections that preserve disappearing species, although the story of this man's work is fascinating. This must read article, is about “the nameless ease with which people can violently assault and denigrate, to feed a sense of righteousness” before moving on to their next digital target. The author of this piece worries  about the effect of that harassment on other scientists in his field. People claiming to act in wildlife’s name had ruthlessly harassed someone who had done more than most of us to understand and protect the natural world. Although Facebook and Twitter have outlined the types of threats that violate their rules, the burden is usually on those being threatened to flag the comments. Moderators are overwhelmed, and punishments are often as mild as a “time out.”  You won't be sorry you read this wonderful piece."

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