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Old 02 February 2016, 04:01 PM
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Default Congresswoman Critical of Gamergate Says She Was Targeted by Active Shooter Hoax

(sorry, had to snip the headline a little)

Congresswoman Critical of Gamergate Says She Was Targeted at Home by Active Shooter Hoax

Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, who’s called for better enforcement of laws against online harassment, says someone called police Sunday night to falsely report an active shooter at her home. Clark told the Boston Globe that officers descended on her front lawn, some armed with long guns.

Clark has successfully urged the Department of Justice to devote more time to investigating and prosecuting severe online harassment, specifically calling out the terrifying threats directed at Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian by Gamergate fans. For her trouble, as the Globe was first to report, she was the victim of swatting, where someone calls in a false report of an active shooter or other dangerous emergency. It’s designed to provoke a heavily armed police response, and can be deadly.

Melrose Police spokesman John Guilfoil told the Globe that the department received “a recorded telephone call with a computer-generated voice” shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday night. The caller referred to “shots fired and an active shooter” at Clark’s address.
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