Open Letter to Twitter Investors and Doris Shenwick

Open Letter to Twitter Investors and Doris Shenwick

To the Investors in Twitter, including Doris Shenwick:

I read the lawsuit filed by Doris Shenwick  against Twitter and its former CEO Dick Costolo, for misstating or wrongly projecting the number of actively engaged Twitter users.  (The full lawsuit can be read HERE. ) 

I have been a Twitter user since Twitter opened years ago as Twittr.  At first, Twitter was a friendly place to communicate with a group of friends or people working on the same project.  Over the years, Twitter became a bigger platform for learning and sharing with those outside one's immediate circle.  That growth attracted many interesting news and entertainment Twitter accounts, but also attracted a great many extremely abusive Twitter users -- people who do not function properly in a social environment. If Twitter were a cocktail party, there are many Twitter users who would be kicked out for not only being rude, but for attacking others repeatedly and shockingly.  On Twitter, these people remain and just keep up their bad behavior.  Racism, sexism, stalking, lying, defamation, hectoring others, roving in gangs, are just a few things that happen on Twitter each day.  Twitter "Trust and Safety" has been, intentionally and by design, lax in protecting the more normal users.  Many of us with normal levels of decency have found ourselves absolutely stalked and harassed on Twitter.

Since at least 2012, Twitter has become a very hostile place, allowing stalkers and attackers, solo and in mobs, to defame, harass, threaten, and stalk other users.  These are not isolated incidents; this harassment is now the norm on Twitter. It is the same people over and over, harassing others day in and day out.  They move from victim to victim.  When one of their accounts is finally suspended, they open another account and continue on with the same harassment.  Their motivations are varied: racism, sexism, a harassing attitude, being part of a hacker-harassment mob, thinking that harassing others makes them "famous," etc.

Do you remember when phones were landlines and Caller ID did not exist?  Do you remember prank callers, obscene callers, threat callers, heavy breathers?  Put all those sorts of people together and today's version of them are the Twitter trolls, stalkers, harassers.  There are huge numbers of them and they love Twitter because Twitter allows them to use fake names and have many accounts.  Twitter allows them to tweet at @ someone, even if that person has them blocked.  That way, the harassing Twitter users can use Twitter to lie and defame a person without the victim even knowing.  Socially normal people would never dream of tweeting at someone who has us blocked or who has a locked account. The Twitter abusers do this regularly.  Socially normal users would never dream of using Twitter to "shout out" racist garbage at a person or to create a hashtag with the purpose of harassing a person.  The more demented Twitter users do this regularly.

Your investment desire is to have "more" Twitter users.  I believe that your desire for "more" Twitter users has led to Twitter not banning many of the very worst, most hostile users.  In fact, Twitter recently "verified," or gave a blue checkmark, to an account called @EDdotSe or  This Twitter account represents Encyclopedia Dramatica, a website and forum, the content and actions of which are criminal in the U.S. and many other nations.  The Encyclopedia Dramatica website is a combination of obscenity, revenge pornography, horrific defamation,  cyberstalking, degradation, mockery, sexual harassment, lying,  and other sick and criminal things.  Encyclopedia Dramatica and its owners and users are hostile, irresponsible, vicious, offensive, vulgar, vile.

Who are the owners?  In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Brian Zaiger of Springfield, Massachusetts states that he is the owner of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  Chris Jones of Australia has stated he is the main Administrator.  Recently, I contacted them and told them to remove my name and photo from the site because it is a crime to have my name or photo  on a site that contains obscenity and pornography or on a site that is cyberstalking.  I sent them copies of the laws that state this very specifically.  Rather than removing my name and photo, they harassed me more and posted more defamation about me on the @EdDotSE Twitter account.  Chris Jones claimed that Sherrod DeGrippo owns the site.  Brian Zaiger claimed that the site is owned by @fuxnet, also known as jihad.  This @fuxnet person is a long time member or close associate of the racist hacking stalking group, Rustle League, which has had cross-membership with ISIS, the beheading group. (One of the ISIS/ Rustle League members, Junaid Hussain, was killed by U.S. targeted drone in Syria last summer. He had a Twitter account.  Apparently to impress his Rustle League friends, he tweeted a death threat to me.  I complained to Twitter "Trust and Safety," which did nothing.

A few years ago, members of the Rustle League tweeted that they were asking jihad aka @fuxnet if he could put malware onto my Twitter account. * Malware was then put onto my Twitter account and it prevented my "block" button from working.  Then the Rustle League members proceeded to tweet abusive demeaning things at me all day and night, and I was unable to block it.  This went on for over a year --  a never-ending stream of abusive tweets aimed at me from people with absolutely no social conscience or moral decency.  Most of it was antisemitic, anti-women, and plain old anti-social hate stuff.  (I recall a person calling herself @WorthotheWorld posting some of the most vile, demeaning, ugly things at me, a total stranger to her, who had never interacted with her.  It seems her personal "world" is not "worth" much.  She thought attacking a complete stranger for fun was -- fun! )   It took Twitter over a year to remove the malware from my account and get it working right. After all the evidence of the racist hate and vile hate attacks, and the knowledge that the Rustle Leaguers had injected malware  into Twitter --  still, Twitter has allowed the Rustle League members to remain on Twitter. They are quieter now.  Some of them are in prison.  One, who was also in ISIS, was killed by the U.S. government by drone in Syria.  Many of the other Rustle League members have locked their accounts so their hate is hidden from view.  Others are still out in the open and a few are still spewing their irrational hate at me with routine frequency.

*Note: I do not know if @fuxnet is the one that provided the malware or placed it onto my Twitter account.  The chain of events that I saw was people from Rustle League tweeting to "ask jihad" if he had any sort of malware to put on my account.  Within a short period of time, my Twitter account was infected with malware that made the "block" button ineffective.  The vicious members of the Rustle League and their associates then proceeded to post literally hundreds of hate tweets per day aimed @ me.  I have saved screenshots of hundreds of these abusive tweets, and the hate content in them is astonishing.  I had never interacted with any of these people and continued to not respond, but to file Twitter Abuse reports and reports complaining of the malware.  Twitter would message me back saying they were working on it, trying to remove the malware -- but it took them over a year to do so.  The Rustle Leaguers tweeted complaints that I filed Abuse reports, but the solution would have been extremely easy:  All they had to do was stop tweeting their garbage at me.

 Does @fuxnet own Encyclopedia Dramatica?  I don't know.  I don't know much about him other than that he claims he lives in the Cleveland, Ohio.  I have seen photos of him and he looks like an actual troll. I have him blocked on Twitter, but fairly often, someone sends me a link to a Tweet posted by @fuxnet where he is lying about me and taunting me.  Why does he do such things to a total stranger?  I guess he must be a horrible person, that's why.  He brags that the U.S. government has been trying for several years to charge him with internet crimes, but he claims that so far, they have failed.  Maybe one day, they will succeed.

 A while back, I was contacted by a person who gave no name, but uses the email address   This VX claims to be a long time user and helper at Encyclopedia Dramatica.  I plan to publish this series of emails in the future, because I think it illustrates clearly the sort of person that participates in Encyclopedia Dramatica.  The VX person is obviously deeply mentally ill.  Of that, there is no question, because the content of the emails this person sent is so deranged, so unhinged, that the emails could only be written by someone with a diseased mind.  The person lacks decency, empathy, professionalism.  The person is rotten to the core and a blatant liar.  For example, first the VX person sent several emails claiming the Encyclopedia Dramatica site contains no obscenity or revenge pornography.   This is a blatant lie, as people have sent me the links to the horrific postings, with their stories of how their lives are being ruined by the website and its forum and the disgusting users.  The VX person spent the emails attacking me and mocking me for being an unfortunate victim of the bullies who use and run Encyclopedia Dramatica.  The VX person, if he or she had the least shred of professionalism, would have been concerned to make the site meet the standards of legality and decency.  Instead, he or she made up crazed excuses and launched escalating attacks against me.

That is the pattern I and all the many other victims that have contacted me have experienced -- when we have contacted anyone from Encyclopedia Dramatica to tell them to remove our names and photos off the site, the response has been denial of responsibility, denial that harm is being done, blatant lying, and escalating attacks and posting more things both on the site and on other sites that are set up for defamation and harassment.  The monsters of Encyclopedia Dramatica are determined to keep their victims and to keep victimizing them year after year. They toy with their victims.  I was actually told by VX that if the victims will grovel and beg, their names will be removed off the site.  I do not believe groveling results in removal, but the suggestion that groveling should be required shows how incredibly immoral and depraved VX is. No person's name or photo should ever be posted onto Encyclopedia Dramatica unless the person has given written permission; it is a crime to post a person's name or photo on such a site absent consent of the person.  If a person gives notice that the site is to remove their name or photo, the response should be a hearty apology and instant compliance -- not lying, denial of responsibility, blaming the victim, and then adding more slurs and smears on the site and elsewhere.  

Expecting one's name and reputation to be honored and for people to be treated with dignity are basic human rights.  The people of Encyclopedia Dramatica violate the basic human rights of all their victims.  Having to grovel to deranged stalkers to have one's name removed off their vile, criminal website?  And Twitter gave a blue checkmark of verification to these people as this being a legitimate group of people with a legit website?

Something is terribly wrong over at Twitter.  Something is terribly wrong in our society that these people of groups like Rustle League and Encyclopedia Dramatica have not been taught to treat others with respect and dignity.   They stomp on the most basic human right of others -- the right to their good name and reputation.  Their parents failed them, their schools failed them, and society failed to teach them these very basic things.  And Twitter now rewards them with a blue check mark.  And the Twitter investors wonder why there are not more Twitter users.

This is what is so deranged about VX, Brian Zaiger, and Chris Jones -- they believe they have the right to victimize people and damage their reputations.  I personally do not want my name associated with the filth and hate and very low morality that is the gist of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  To me and to the sort of people with whom I keep company, a site such as Encyclopedia Dramatica is morally repugnant and socially abhorrent.  Let those who want to wallow in filth and who agree to be participants in the site be participants in the site.  If people like the site -- and apparently some people do -- then let them list their own names on it, let them mock and degrade each other, let them write their sickening filth at each other.  For those of us who have a moral direction away from obscenity, racism, and hate - leave us alone. Keep us off your website.  Why do Brian Zaiger, Chris Jones, and VX think they have a right to drag innocent strangers into their repulsive, hellish world?  The fact is -- it is a crime for them to do so.  A crime.  Not a dislike or preference of us victims -- but a crime.    It is illegal to cyberstalk people in this way and illegal to make an unwilling participant part of a pornographic site.

Since I am a lawyer who stands up for what is good and decent and just, I often am attacked by people who revel in what is bad, indecent, and unjust.  I am used to dealing with evil people and their attacks against people who seek decency and fairness to others.  I am used to being lied to and lied about.  However, VX was far beyond evil -- his or her abuse escalated dramatically over the course of emails.  I want my name removed off a criminal website -- that makes me a "Nazi," according to VX. I want the revenge porn and attacks removed so the victims can try to reclaim their lives and their reputations.  That made me a "paranoid schizophrenic," according to  VX is the sort of deeply evil person I have noted is the typical sort involved with Encyclopedia Dramatica -- blaming the victims, denying reality, attacking those who defend the victims, building a wall of insolence around himself or herself so he or she can feel comfortable while destroying the reputations and lives of the many, many victims.   Then VX sent a link to a new website he or she had  just created to defame and demean me. This was meant to intimidate me, to coerce me into silence, to put me in fear - which is what Encyclopedia Dramatica is all about!  Very impressive -- VX went from lying to me, to degrading me, to vulgarity, and as a grand finale, created a smear website.  What next?  A death threat?  Swatting?  Committing crimes in my name?  It's already all been done to me!   What is your next move, VX???  You've already shown that whatever you do, it will be unprofessional, damaging, criminal, and wicked.

The users and admins of Encyclopedia Dramatica use their victims to toy with, to sexually demean, to destroy their lives and reputations. This is why the users and admins all use fake names and no one will claim ownership or responsibility for the site.  ( Ahhh but remember -- Twitter gave this group a Verification Blue Checkmark.)

Encyclopedia Dramatica claims to be "parody."  Sorry, parody, by definition, is funny.  Encyclopedia Dramatica is degrading and might be funny to sadists and abnormal people.   The site claims to be "internet culture."  Sorry --  obscenity, defamation, degradation, coercion, extortion, revenge porn, threats, lies, mockery,  and making people into unwilling victims are not "culture."  That is crime.

I thank God I have wonderful friends, family, and supporters who give me the support and encouragement I need.  I think most people would need to turn back in the face of the sort of shocking evil and abuse that is doled out by and others associated with Encyclopedia Dramatica.  I am brave and I am happy to stand up with and for the victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  I instruct the other victims on how to file complaints with the FBI and their local police.  I am certain that one day the FBI and NSA will close down this cesspool of degradation and extortion.  We are waiting.  Just like we waited for the FBI to close down the crime site, Doxbin, and finally it was done.   I am aware that many crime complaints have been filed against Encyclopedia Dramatica and the people running it.

The purpose of the Encyclopedia Dramatica site and forum is to coerce the victims of hacking and stalking and swatting into silence.  Thus, the activity of the site is extortion per se.  Victims are threatened that an "article" allegedly about them will be published on Encyclopedia Dramatica if they do not remain silent about the abuse and crimes of the people who run the site.  The people who run the site are notorious for hacking, using malware, fraud, stalking, harassment, lying, and other crimes and harmful acts.  Twitter allows not only the mainstay account @EddotSe, but also accounts of all the main perpetrators of these crimes against others.  The Twitter management is very well aware that this is happening; they approve it.  Not only does Twitter approve of Encyclopedia Dramatica -- Twitter has given a blue verification checkmark to @EDdotSE, the  Encyclopedia Dramatica Twitter account.

 I was extorted for several years by a person named Jaime Cochran (a member of the hacker stalker terrorist group, Rustle League)  before s/he finally posted a defamatory page about me on the disgusting Encyclopedia Dramatica website.  Cochran was threatening me because s/he had earlier posted personal data about me online as revenge because I helped a mentally ill man who was in jail on serious charges get mental health care.  That act of kindness on my part required Jaime Cochran to first publish personal data about me (much of it incorrect, which was good) and then to threaten and menace me for over 2 years, and then to post defamation about me on Encyclopedia Dramatica to try to harm my reputation.  This is a VIDEO OF JAIME COCHRAN explaining that s/he thinks it is "funny" to stalk people and harm their reputations.  Watch the video - this is one of the people Twitter is anointing with a Blue Check mark verification given to Encyclopedia Dramatica.  (and yes, Jaime Cochran has a Twitter account.)

Jaime Cochran's hate tweets and postings against me were virulent antisemitism.  S/he tweeted calling me such things as "filthy Jew cunt."  This antisemitism was the focus of the whole Rustle League, which lent itself to their underpinning of association with ISIS.  In addition to aiming literally thousands of antisemitic tweets at me, they made impersonation Twitter accounts, websites, etc., all designed in the most shocking hate-filled antisemitic way.  I have screen shots, and these things are astonishingly hateful.  (Note: I am not Jewish, which I say so as not to confuse the readers.  The fact is Cochran and the other Rustle Leaguers were driven by their hate of Jews, and they focused their hate onto me.)

At the time, Cochran also tweeted that s/he was engaged in these hate activities and attacks to try to make the Rustle League "relevant."   (Take my word for it, being tormented for someone's plan to gain "relevancy" for their hate group is really difficult and painful.)  I have wondered to what extent Cochran's actions were meant to recruit hackers for ISIS.  The Rustle League - ISIS compatriot, Junaid Hussain, was in charge of the ISIS Cyber Caliphate, allegedly hacking or engaging in fraud for ISIS.  I do not think it was coincidental that the Rustle League was drenched in antisemitic hate and death threats.

Twitter did eventually kick Jaime Cochran off Twitter, but allowed Cochran to make a new account after a few weeks.  The "suspension," as twitter calls it, happened after months and months of Cochran posting malicious, vile, garbage at me -- without me ever responding.  It was a clear case:  Zero tweets going from me to Cochran, while Cochran aimed hundreds or thousands of shocking, gasp-worthy antisemitic hate tweets at me and encouraged her compatriots, most of whom are young drug addicts, hackers, or disturbed individuals, to do the same.   Twitter allowed this to go on for years before finally suspending Cochran.  The suspension should have happened at least a year before it did and it should have been permanent and reinforced with a court order.

What Makes Encyclopedia Dramatica so incredibly harmful:  I will state upfront that I am one of the many victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica and the dreadful people that run and use the site.  Since I am a lawyer involved in the internet, I have been contacted by many other such victims, mainly victims of revenge porn on the Encyclopedia Dramatica website and forum and victims of horrific defamation and lies on the site.    The victims of the revenge porn on Encyclopedia Dramatica send me links to the disgusting pages that have been created in their names.  Degrading, demeaning sexual lies and smears are posted about them on the Encyclopedia Dramatica forums.  The victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica all state their lives and quality of living have been seriously harmed by Encyclopedia Dramatica.  One person was being kept in sexual slavery and unable to get a regular job because of the revenge porn and sexual taunts on Encyclopedia Dramatica.  Another person found her family unwilling to speak or associate with her because of the shocking sexual lies posted "about" her on the Encyclopedia Dramatica forum, along with the revenge porn photos.  When these victims contact people from Encyclopedia Dramatica to try to get their names and pictures removed off the site, the response of the site owners and admins is to mock them and post more and worse things.  I have had the exact same experience.  The purpose of Encyclopedia Dramatica is to harm and extort -- and they do a very good job at this. 

Encyclopedia Dramatica is a blatantly criminal site.  It is a crime in my State to put any person's name or photo on any website that has obscenity. It is also illegal in my State as cyberstalking to put any person's name onto a website that would make a reasonable person feel fear or danger.  I have told the Admins of Encyclopedia Dramatica to remove my name and any photos off the site.  I cited the pertinent laws and sent them links to and copies of the laws. Their Reply?  A bunch of excuses and blame-the-victim nonsense.  Brian Zaiger, who ran an AMA (Ask Me Anything) a few months ago on Reddit, stating he is the OWNER of Encyclopedia Dramatica, when told to remove my name off his filthy website, claimed he was not the owner. Chris Jones, one of the Admins of Encyclopedia Dramatica, claims the owner of the site is Sherrod DeGrippo.  Lawsuits filed in the UK against Encyclopedia Dramatica, Brian Zaiger, and Chris Jones yielded judgements.

My name and horrifying photoshopped pictures and terrifying lies and defamation against me are on the Encyclopedia Dramatica website, which has very strong SEO (search engine optimization).  If my name is googled, this horrific, obscene, sickening website comes up high in the ranks.  This is a shocking crime against me.  This very same crime is committed against hundreds of other victims.  This is an actual crime, since the laws of my State make it a felony to place my name or photo onto a website that contains pornography, unless I give my written consent.  The laws of my State also make it a felony to place my name onto a website that would make a reasonable person uncomfortable to have their name there.  I have given copies of these laws to Brian Zaiger and Chris Jones and told them to remove my name in full off the site.  What did I get?  The ED folks posted more lies and defamation about me on the site and used their Twitter account, @EddotSe, to post more astonishing defamation about me.  That is how they operate.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is not a normal, responsible website.  Search the site for contact info on where to complain, and you will find yourself confronted with shocking, obscene photos.  Contact any of the Site Administrators, and you will be dealt with lies, vulgarity, threats against your life, extortion threats, postings that ridicule you and threaten you.  The Encyclopedia Dramatica Owners and Admins blame the victims of these crimes for the crimes being committed against them.

AND YET, Twitter has given its blue checkmark of verification to the  Encyclopedia Dramatica Twitter account, @EddotSE.  Twitter has given its stamp of approval.  Twitter is DESPERATE for users, and some of the most active users of Twitter are those that use it as a platform to harass, harm, defame, lie about, and stalk others.

I am asking the Twitter investors to think about this clearly.  Does Twitter need MORE users or does it need BETTER users -- or does it need better infrastructure that would prevent the very many bad people who use Twitter on a regular basis from attacking those of use who are on Twitter to socialize in a more normal, friendly, socially acceptable way?

Twitter "Trust and Safety" is an utterly useless department.  It is run by someone who uses the fake name of @Delbius.  The system for making Abuse Reports to Twitter is elaborate, but abusive users are rarely removed, and when they are, they come right back using a different account.  Abusive tweets are almost never removed unless the entire account is closed down.  

 My complaint is not unique at all, but rather is a common complaint among Twitter users who use their real names and identities.  When a famous person quits Twitter because of the abuse, this becomes a news story.  There have been many such news stories!   As the investors, it seems you would be more concerned with keeping those users who are chased away -- and with permanently banning the abusers. It seems that banning the abusive users will, in many cases, require getting court orders to keep them from creating more accounts.

A few things I have seen in the past few months on Twitter:

  • A group of harassing, hectoring people setting upon a young married couple and harassing them mercilessly, constantly.  When the couple's baby was stillborn, the mob of stalkers tweeted pictures of the dead baby and mocked the parents.  This was shocking and heartbreaking.  The harassers are all still on Twitter, doing their usual horrifying things.  And who are they? One is a lawyer, several are middle-aged women, one is a young man from a rural area.
  • A Twitter account claiming to be a person hiding a kidnapped child. The account posts grisly photos of death.  The account posts photos of lynched Black people, praising racism, and pictures of Holocaust victims, praising antisemitism.  That account was closed down ("suspended," in Twitter lingo) and the person immediately started a new account.
  • A man in California running a group that stalked and harassed dozens of people, mainly mothers and grandmothers -- calling them pedophiles, issuing death threats, falsely claiming they did something to him.  He bought domains in their names and started websites smearing them -- and then tweeted links to the defamatory websites harassing all these women.  Twitter shut down many of the man's Twitter accounts, and he kept opening new ones.  He currently has at least one account and he uses it to post vile lies and links to his smear websites.  Twitter could have and should go into court and have him and all his helpers ordered to keep off Twitter.  But Twitter does not do this -- they are trying to get their user numbers up to please you, the investors.
  • A mentally ill lawyer from Covina, California, recently spent a month using her 4 or 5 Twitter accounts to post lies about imaginary crimes being committed against her, to tweet accusations and threats at government workers, elected officials, and what was apparently her psychiatrist.  People were severely defamed, harassed, and stalked for over a month.  I know -- I am one of the people that was victimized by this person.  Not only is she still on twitter, she has opened several new accounts! 
When the police and Secret Service have to monitor a series of accounts held by an unhinged person -- maybe it is time for Twitter to close the accounts and ban the person from using Twitter??  But like the example above, such people stay on Twitter.  There was also a recent incident where a man named Kyler Schmitz kept using his Twitter account to make death threats against elected officials. READ HERE The Washington Post reported that the man had to be ordered off Twitter by a judge, since Twitter took no action to remove him. According to The Hill, the death threats against the Senators remained on Twitter for two weeks.  This is Twitter "Trust and Safety" -- absolutely irresponsible and ineffective at enforcing even the written Twitter rules.   Is it that Twitter is afraid to lose unhinged users, who provide a flurry of viewing, since everyone wants to see who they will threaten to kill next?  Again, it is a question of more Twitter users, or better Twitter users.

Just a side note -- Twitter has a lot of pornography, such as this:  However, the people running this particular Twitter account do not appear to be bothering other Twitter users.  I think it is criminal to be allowing pornography and obscenity on a website that is open to the public, including children.  Twitter is providing access to pornography and obscenity to people under age 18.  That is not legal.  The culpability and liability for these decisions and the lack of responsiveness and effectiveness of Twitter "Trust and Safety" are things the investors should look into.

Dear Twitter investors and  Doris Shenwick, please think about this.  Does Twitter need more users or a better quality of user?   If Twitter is going to be made decent or basically safe, there are going to be fewer users, at least for a while.


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