For many people, online privacy is a must. The safety of knowing that strangers can’t simply locate you works as a form of “safety net.” However, what many people are oblivious to, and some learn the hard way, is some information can be obtained even if kept away from the public. One woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was one who learned this the hard way.
When joining the group, “Kai is crying,” she was completely unaware that the group administrators would be given certain private information. Although her location is hidden from view, the administrators could see this information. While this is not typically an issue, one admin, who is known as Eco_Aquamarine on Twitter, took it upon herself to post a photo, revealing the victims’ location and more.
What lead to this event? Is this a dox? To answer the second question, yes. The information, prior to this post, was hidden from view. This means that nobody, aside the account holder, was able to view it. While it was made visible to the administrators of this group, it was still hidden from the general public eye. While this admin did not seek out the information, she did willfully make it public. We can further establish this as doxxing by simply looking at the definition:
“Doxing, or doxxing (from “dox“, abbreviation of documents), is the Internet-based practice of researching and publicly broadcasting private or identifying information (especially personally identifying information) about an individual or organization”
By this very definition, we can establish the case that the administrator of, “Kai is crying,” did commence in a form of doxxing; the only aspect lacking is the research. Now, what lead to this situation?
As it turns out, Eco allegedly has an issue with a Youtuber who goes by Edwin. The situation is alleged to involve him displaying the group in one of his videos. When the victim tried to join, it is believed that the admin thought he had sent her. The doxxing victim, who was an innocent bystander, was thrusted into a feud purely because of paranoia.
The dox, which was conducted due to a percieved threat, was actually misguided. The response that was so threatning, turned out to be an actual group on Facebook. However, the victim made the mistake of typing the name wrong. For the assailant, this only further destroys her “justification” behind her action. Through our contact, we learned that an apology was issued for the dox. Now, I plan to shred that apology.
An apology is an act of remorse, something given for an accident or a mistake. While Eco did issue one, there were several issues with it. First off, what she did was no accident or mistake. She willfully blasted this individuals’ information for the world to see. Second, while she essentially claimed ignorance in the apology, another tweet we obtained states it was out of retaliation.
In the images above is the apology and the justification behind why the private information was made public. The administrator admits that she considered editing out the private details. However, she opted not to. With malicious intent, she blasted these details for all to see, simply due to the alleged actions of another person. For the victim, joining this group quickly became a nightmare. Our platform has given information regarding her rights legally, she is aware that she may take legal action against this woman, known as Eco. Perhaps in the future, this young woman will think twice before releasing the private information of another person.