I’ve been researching the story of the Steubenville for days now. An Anonymous affiliated group called KnightSec inserted themselves into the story and even though they are taking credit for ‘uncovering’ the story, they have in fact helped to perpetuate a number of falsehoods about the case and stirred up a mob mentality.
And while they claim they are doing this ‘for the victim’, I’ve confirmed that it was users of the Anonymous related site 4Chan.com who actually did the unthinkable – they released the full name of the accuser, photos of her and argued that she ‘deserved it’.
For obvious reasons, I’m not going to link to or quote from the site because as I complained about the George Zimmerman case months ago, providing too much information is tantamount to actually revealing the name.
It should be made clear, though, that other users of 4Chan argued strenuously for the obvious truth that the accuser didn’t ‘deserve’ anything but the fact that the accuser’s personal info and photos were released on 4Chan shows the problem with Anonymous culture — there’s no clear standard. It’s anarchy and therefore it can cut both ways.
As a leaderless movement, Anonymous can stand for anything. Their intimidation tactics are free floating and can defend Wikileak’s Julian Assange against rape accusations one moment, be silent on Occupy Wall Street rapes another moment, attack accused (but not convicted) rapists another, and reveal personal info of the alleged victims on another.
It just depends on who is behind the mask.