Sikh-Canadian writer and journalist Veerender Jubbal has been going through social media hell for the past few days, ever since someone photoshopped a selfie on his Twitter feed it to make him look like an Islamic state bomber, involved with Friday's attack in Paris.
The Guardian reports Jubbal as claiming to have been targeted by Gamergate, a sort of vigilante community that monitors how writers review online games and whether they transgress codes of political correctness specific to games. Jubbal is a critic of Gamergate, which--in the politics of the online world--has been charged with being misogynistic. He also claimed on his Twitter handle to have pioneered the #StopGamerGate2014 campaign.
The morphed picture of Jubbal, doing the rounds of the internet, show him as holding a Quran and sporting a bomb vest. It was originally a selfie of him holding an Ipad.
— World Aggregate News (@WAGGNews) November 15, 2015
In fact, after talking to his cousin who works for a leading newspaper in India, Juggal is contemplating legal action against the newspapers, websites, as well as the people responsible for proliferating his tampered photograph. Here's a sample of his Twitter feed and vignette of how he's handling the notoriety.
So, like, it spread.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
You can all check the last retweets.
Let us start with basics.
Never been to Paris.
Am a Sikh dude with a turban.
Lives in Canada.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Learn the difference between me being a Sikh, and a Muslim.
I am valuable, and rad.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
This image has been used, and placed on the front page of a major Spain newspaper--putting me as one of the people behind terrorist attacks.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
I have had thousands upon thousands of notifications in the past twenty-four hours.
Tweets from several different languages, as well.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
In gauging this entire incident--millions upon millions of people have seen the photoshopped images, and have placed me as a terrorist.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
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