Twitter has recently suspended the account of several journalists, and according to its owner Elon Musk, this was in continuation of the social media platform’s new anti-doxxing policy.
What exactly is doxxing?
- A contraction of the phrase, “dropping documents”, doxxing is the act of revealing personal or identity-revealing information about someone online, such as their real name, personal documents, phone number, home address, workplace, and other financial information.
- In the process of doxxing, personal information is circulated in the public sphere without the knowledge of the victim, and in some cases, causing real-life consequences.
- It is a popular and controversial tactic used against those with opposing political views and sometimes even celebrities and influencers have been doxxed with real-life consequences.
- In many cases, harassers have used this private information to send SWAT teams or armed police to the homes of many of the victims.