January 31, 2017

On Thinking Pinoy (Rey Joseph Nieto), Pro-Duterte Facebook Pages And Doxxing

Just yesterday, I wrote a piece about Sass Rogando Sasot doxxing an innocent person on Facebook. For those not yet familiar with the term, doxxing is the "internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting private or identifiable information (especially personally identifiable information) about an individual or organization". It is often done with the intention to shame someone online.

What Sasot did was post private information about a person on her popular Facebook page which has more than 300,000 followers. She thought that the person is behind AssortEdge - a Facebook page that's very critical of the Duterte administration - because he is the registrant for the page's website. Well, the person is indeed the registrant but he isn't running the site nor the page. So basically, Sasot shamed a very innocent person in front of her more than 300,000 followers. To be fair to her, she took down the post after someone messaged her that the person in question isn't the one running AssortEdge's content. But the damage has been done. All because Sasot didn't have the decency to verify the information she had before posting it on her page. It looks like Sasot needs a crash course on how websites are registered and hosted. Just because you are the registrant doesn't necessarily mean you are the owner or the content creator for the website.

Sadly, other pro-Duterte pages are doing the same exact thing. I checked out Thinking Pinoy's Facebook page today and a few scrolls later, lo and behold, there he is doxxing someone by the name of Judah dela Cruz. Rey Joseph (RJ) Nieto, the blogger behind Thinking Pinoy, posted Cruz's name, photo, and a link to his Facebook profile. Nieto described Cruz as "not very smart" and an "idiot". This begs the question: "Why does Nieto hate Cruz so much?" Well, Nieto thinks that Cruz is among those running the popular anti-Duterte Facebook page Superficial Gazette. The problem is that this is merely an accusation. Cruz has denied that he is connected to the page.
What's so absurd about Thinking Pinoy's post is that he basically doxxed Cruz for merely visiting his LinkedIn profile. So what if Cruz visited your LinkedIn profile? If I visited your LinkedIn profile around the same time, does that also mean I am part of Superficial Gazette? Thinking Pinoy is basically hanging Cruz for no reason at all. And if you are to read the comments on his post, people are ganging up on Cruz. When will the likes of Thinking Pinoy and Sass Rogando Sasot realize that shaming people because of unverified suspicions isn't okay?

Duterte Today, another pro-Duterte Facebook page also doxxed Cruz and claimed that he's the owner of Superficial Gazette.
This was Cruz's response to the Duterte Today post:

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