You probably recently saw a post on Mangotron claiming that a writer at Mangotron had recently been doxxed by GamerGate supporters and therefore the website would no longer be discussing GamerGate. It also withdrew its previous interview with Liz F an avid GamerGate supporter. Many GamerGate supporters had been outspoken fans of Mangotron, and the interview and it originally confused me as to why they would now turn on a media outlet which they had up until last night been in favour of.
I decided to ask Twitter and /r/KotakuinAction what had happened with the incident and it didn’t take long for them to reply to me with the full details of events. Here is the timeline of events so that everyone is as informed as possible about what happened leading up to Mangotron’s withdrawal from GamerGate discussion.
Last night a website was created called biglistofgamers.com. A twitter account started to promote the website asking for people to sign up if they were in support of GamerGate. This was suspicious to GamerGaters many of whom fear harassment from those who oppose the movement, as they wished to protect their personal details. Looking into the twitter account Gaters found that hours earlier the twitter account had been trying to get people to donate to Mangotron’s patreon account following the positive coverage the movement had received from the website.
This again aroused suspicion from people and an investigation was launched. GamerGaters investigated the website and found out through WHOIS there was a link between the new website and Mangotron. In order to bring light to this corruption, the data was posted to twitter with personal information such as the address blacked out.
Mangotron then considered this a doxxing and decided to release this statement. It should also be noted that due to the offence caused by the release of the metadata, GamerGaters then decided to work with Mangotron to see the data removed from twitter.
While the reasons for creating such a website are unknown, some have speculated that the list was created in order to sell the personal information of Gaters to spammers.
I will not tell you what to think about this situation. In my eyes this was not a doxxing, and the actions of Mangotron are suspicious to say the least, ultimately however, it is up to you to decide for yourself. What I would suggest is that it might be prudent for people to investigate articles in the media before blinding believing everything they read. That includes this very article, which you can investigate by clicking the links above.