From BBC: A university professor has been wrongly described as a white supremacist by amateur internet detectives on social media wishing to publicly shame those who took part in rallies in Charlottesville.
Professor Kyle Quinn who works at the University of Arkansas was mistakenly identified as one of the unmasked protesters taking part in far right protests on Friday.
The professor’s ordeal began on Saturday when thousands began sharing an image of a bearded man posted by Twitter user Yes Youre Racist. It has been publishing photos of those who attended the rally under the hashtag #ExposetheAltRight.
The request didn’t go unheard. The internet’s digital detectives found an image of Professor Quinn and claimed he was the man pictured at the rally. Although the professor may share a similar look and build to the man photographed, he was in fact more than 1000 miles away from the demonstrations in Virginia.
But the close resemblance was enough to satisfy many of the internet’s amateur sleuths. More than 11,000 people retweeted the photo. One social media user posted: “My Facebook feed says this is University of Arkansas faculty member, Kyle P. Quinn.”
Others tweeted the University of Arkansas posting: “@UArkansas FIRE KYLE P. QUINN. There cannot be any negotiation or wavering on this issue.”
Another user posted: “@UArkansas FIRE KYLE P QUINN Engineer!!!! OPEN RACIST ON STAFF! What kind of University would keep him employed?”
On Saturday Professor Quinn was forced to defend his character by by tweeting: “The man in the photo is not me. I am in Fayetteville, Arkansas, not Virginia.”
A day later he took to social media again posting: “The individual who wore an engineering shirt in #Charlottesville is not me. I proudly support a diverse environment at U of A.”
But his responses didn’t stop scores of people from calling him a racist, threatening him, publishing his home address and demanding he lose his job. The reaction prompted a further explanatory tweet from the professor.
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