Most people know that if you’re going to say rude things on the Internet, you probably shouldn’t do it using your real Facebook account. But what most people probably don’t expect is that if you talk trash under your real name on BuzzFeed, a BuzzFeed employee will scour the web for whatever publicly available contact information is out there, call for others to harass you, and that message will be further disseminated by larger news organizations.
Have we actually entered an age when giant media organizations are allowed to publicly resort to the same cyberbullying tactics that we used to only see used by groups like Anonymous? Yes. And that’s exactly the lesson one D.C. Correspondent is currently finding out.