A Utah-based reporter complained on Twitter Thursday that his attempts to contact the deceived Freedom Corps sponsors were met with “aggressive” responses.
Thousands of people who donated to the Canadian protest through crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo put their information online after the company was hacked.
Reporters from US and Canadian news agencies quickly grabbed the list and started hunt who donated as little as $40 to truckers protesting in Ottawa and at the US-Canada border. Some news outlets not only used hacked data, but also linked to it and used sponsors’ names in tweets.
Bryan Schottwith Salt Lake Tribune admitted he was one of the members of the hacked data mining press for a story.
The political reporter said on Thursday he tried to track down donors from the list by cross-referencing leaked credit cards with Utah zip codes. Schott report:
The Salt Lake Tribune reviewed a copy of the information, including name, email, IP address and donation amount. There were 616 donations from credit cards with the Utah ZIP code in the data.
That donation totaled $41,206. The average donation is about $67.
The Tribune is working to confirm the identities of several donors. Most emails are from Gmail or similar platforms. However, some donors have used work, professional, or .edu accounts. It looks like at least one donor was an unsuccessful candidate for city office.
The reporter complained on Twitter that his attempt to contact Utahans who had donated to the Canadian protest had not been well received.
Schott tweeted: “I reached out to people from Utah who appeared on leaked Canadian truck driver donation data. Hoo boy! Some of the answers sounded… aggressive when put lightly. ”
The tweet was deleted on Thursday afternoon.
Members of the media that hunt for stories like these were condemned in a bipartisan fashion this week, with a prominent tweet from Representative. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spread rapidly. Omar called it “Goon”join a chorus of people calling for the press to reevaluate their ethics here.
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https://www.mediaite.com/news/reporter-deletes-tweet-complaining-about-aggressive-responses-when-contacting-doxxed-trucker-convoy-donors/ Writer reports ‘positive’ feedback from protest sponsors