Shortly after a truly bizarre interview with Tucker Carlson, ultra-liberal “reporter” (propagandist) Kurt Eichenwald received an animated image (Gif) on Twitter. Eichenwald had allegedly been drinking (watch the video and judge for yourself), had been sleep-deprived, and had not taken vital medication that prevents the seizures which he is prone to. All of these factor into his condition. Via Daily Caller:
The suspect, John Rivello, was arrested by the FBI at his Maryland home. Rivello, 29, is being charged under a federal cyberstalking statute and will appear in federal court in Dallas Monday.
The Twitter incident occurred in December 2016 when an account with the username “Ari Goldstein” or [email protected]_goldstein” sent Eichenwald a gif, which is an animated image, with changing colors that said, “you deserve a seizure.”
Eichenwald’s account subsequently tweeted, [email protected]_goldstein This is his wife, you caused a seizure. I have your information and have called the police to report the assault.”
Peter Stephenson, an expert in cyber criminology, previously told TheDC that “one could say that the tweet constituted an assault.” “What Mr. Rivello did with his Twitter message was no different from someone sending a bomb in the mail or sending an envelope filled with Anthrax spores,” Eichenwald’s attorney Steven Lieberman told Newsweek.
The problem with this, however, is the very dangerous legal precedent it would set in America. If Eichenwald manages to collect on the lawsuit, others could begin claiming maladies, or even that an image they were sent resulted in “lasting depression.” Steps like this would effectively not only ruin free speech on the internet but could have the scope of widespread bans on specific content. This is a problem that is currently going on with so-called “blasphemy laws” and Facebook in the middle east. In fact, in the Pakistan they are taking is a step further, and currently, are calling for Facebook and Twitter to identify people whose accounts have been suspended for violating “blasphemy laws” so that they can receive a more public form of punishment.
All of these “baby steps” against freedom of speech on the internet is highly troubling to see happening in a Westernized country like America. Should John Rivello lose the court case against Kurt Eichenwald – a case brought about Rivello trolled a brash liberal “journalist” – it paves the way for conservatives to be taken to court for posting anything from damning passages from the Koran, to violence statistics, to news stories that the left might find “triggering”. To help fight against this, WeSeatcher has set up a legal defense fund for Mr. Rivello – you can donate to Mr. Rivello’s defense fund by clicking here.