White nationalist loses job after photo goes viral

Marsha Scott
August 16, 2017

After images of white nationalists rallying in Charlottesville, Va., circulated widely on social media last weekend, the internet went to work to identify the tiki torch-bearing participants. "It is not flawless; there are flaws to it, of course".

Pictures from the rally to save the statue of racist icon Robert E. Lee - - went viral with the help of some prominent Twitter accounts. "He wasn't a flawless man, but I want to honour and respect what he stood for during his time".

"So when all of these photos started popping up from the torch rally Friday night and the alt-right march on Saturday, I figured it was only natural that I would continue to call them out".

"I am consistently impressed by amateur detectives who are able to unearth people's names, home addresses, and social media accounts by picking out details from publicly available photos and video", Cole Stryker, author of "Hacking the Future", a book about the history and future of online anonymity, told NBC News. One response: sharing a photo of Turner with the words "I'm a rapist" printed in large letters.

But Mr Smith, who works as communications director for Progress NC, has also sparked controversy after incorrectly naming a number of innocent people who were not involved in the white nationalist demonstrations.

On Twitter aggrieved whites have been attracted to discussions of "white genocide", the notion that increased societal diversity threatens the future of the white race, according to the George Washington study, written by JM Berger, an expert on USA extremist movements.

Cvjetanovic maintained that people like himself just want to preserve their culture and bear no ill will towards minority groups.

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David Edwards is a writer for Raw Story.

"They're not wearing hoods anymore - they're out in the open", Smith says.

Many also seemed unconcerned about being exposed. While some of the captions were amusing, chants such as "Jews will not replace us", and "blood and soil" were not, and one Twitter account is using the photos to expose the men behind the hate. While the rally was organized by white-supremacist groups, Mr. Cvjetanovic says his beliefs are not racist. "These movements do not represent our values as a university", the university's president Marc A. Johnson said in the statement.

Efforts to expose the white nationalists had immediate effects - online posts revealing their identities led to employers finding out that some of their workers had marched in Charlottesville.

For Quinn, there were obvious drawbacks to public shaming on social media, especially if users aren't getting the names right. He condemned the man who drove a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville Saturday, killing a woman. Prior to being outed on the @YesYoureRacist Twitter account, Cvjetanovic spoke out about his feelings about promoting his "White, European culture". "We believe in individual freedom, and voluntary association for everyone", they added. "So as a private organization, I think they have every right to limit the nature of political expression their employees have".

Within hours of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fight between white supremacists and everyone else moved from the streets to the digital world.

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