Friday, May 15, 2020

"A 'Bachelor' contestant was the target of an intricate misinformation campaign"

Insider:

Enlisting the help of attorneys and a cyber investigation company, she and her family explored every avenue — from analyzing her phone records to finding the sources of anonymous DMs and Reddit posts — ultimately tracing much of the false information back to two people who had been stalking her fiancé and had expressed a vested interest in [her celebrity fiancee] becoming single.

The process, Cooper says, was "insane" and grueling, and she struggled to make sense of the bizarre vendetta against her.

"It's really hard to prove you didn't do something," she said. "And I just didn't know why someone had it out for me like this."

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One subreddit contributor wrote a post titled "This sub owes Jenna Cooper (and others) a huge apology," in which they recapped the online forum's role in spreading misinformation and implored Redditors to do better in the future.

"This isn't even the first time this sub has publicly crucified someone over something that turned out to be fake," the post reads.