Yesterday, when I ventured out into the world it seemed like people were bitchier than usual. I thought to myself that these people should have taken their frustrations out on the Internet like normal people so that they could be more pleasant in public. That made me think about a story that I worked on for several hours this week and then scratched. In that story I learned that some of the assholes on Twitter are paid to be assholes, at least that is what some are alleging,
I squashed the story because the evidence presented to support the theory was from 2015, and because the trolls in question were notorious at that time, and have seemed to calm down lately and I didn’t want to be responsible for stirring them up.
However, since the alleged victim is tweeting about using the information in a law suit covered here, I thought I’d try it as a blind even though the information is readily available online. It seems odd to me that this information is emerging now, when most parties involved have all left each other alone for quite some time. Or at least I thought they had.
As the story goes, a court document was recently leaked of a deposition that some sites are reporting proves that a person you would not know, let’s call him Dick, was a paid Internet troll that worked in some capacity for a law firm. Another person with strong ties to that law firm has a serious dislike for a former “housewife.” Dick had contracts to do some “Internet Security” with three people whose names you would know. The claim is that two of the three people with contracts with Dick have or have had an intense hatred for the former housewife. Other sites have alleged that the contract was actually for Internet trolling of the former housewife despite the fact that there nothing in the deposition to support that claim specifically. This was part of my issue, there didn’t seem to be any proof in the supposedly damning document.
Sites also claim that the former housewife has unfollowed one of the people who had a contract with Dick despite having made amends with her over the years. The other person is a plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit with the housewife. The housewife plans to turn the latest information over to her lawyer to provide evidence of an ongoing attempt by the plaintiff to harass the housewife. It was at that point I opted to run the story as a blind as it may become relevant in the upcoming case. Even though the document I read gave no evidence regarding Internet trolling at all, but merely a business relationship for Internet security involving two people who disliked the housewife in question.
When guessing this blind, please do not include the names of the sites involved in this story, the name of the law firm, the name of the person connected to the law firm or Dick’s true identity. This would stir up unnecessary drama that I do not need. Please confine your guesses to the housewife and the two people who allegedly hired a professional Internet troll. This is not a war we need to involve ourselves in. My interest is only in the effect if any this will have on an upcoming court case.