By now, everyone has seen the “bump in the road” that is the #GamerGate controversy.
The hashtag has become a rallying cry for those who feel like they’ve been cheated by a media conglomerate or a game developer or whatever, and for those looking to get their stories out.
“This is the end of an era.
It’s over,” Twitter user @giantbiscuit declared in a recent tweet.
“It was always over.”
That’s an understatement.
It wasn’t always over, of course.
But when a company or a publisher or a studio or a developer or a media outlet decides to do something, it’s a good bet to wait a few months or years before saying “this is over.”
The #Gamergate controversy started in August, when social media aggregator Twitter shut down an account associated with the group that called itself “the anti-harassment campaign.”
(The account was called “Gamergate” for short.)
The account had been dormant since August and the “anti-harassing” group had been inactive for years.
Twitter eventually suspended the account for violating the site’s terms of service, but the company didn’t suspend the account itself.
Twitter also didn’t remove the account or shut it down entirely.
(That was done only after it was repeatedly reported by The Verge and others as “harassment.”)
And the account remained online.
Eventually, the “gamergate” account was deleted and the original group of anti-abuse campaigners went offline.
This is where the “Bump in Road” meme comes from, which was popularized by @gigabird on Twitter in February, a month before the hashtag was created.
In other words, the GamerGate controversy was the end result of years of social media manipulation.
And the #gamergate controversy was only the beginning.
A few months later, the #BumpinRoad hashtag began trending.
It quickly gained traction on Twitter, with users posting screenshots of tweets, screenshots of blog posts, screenshots from videos, screenshots and screenshots of things.
And as the #bumpinroad hashtag gained popularity, more and more tweets were posted calling out people or companies for violating Twitter’s terms and conditions, or for not following Twitter’s guidelines on reporting hate speech or other violations of their terms of services.
Twitter didn’t stop the harassment, but it made it harder for the anti-hate campaign to spread.
A year after the #gamersgate incident, Twitter suspended the antiharassment group entirely.
The company said it was investigating a report that some users were sending anti-Semitic tweets to someone they didn’t know.
In another tweet, Twitter said it had blocked the account of a user who was posting “hate speech,” and then later added, “This was an isolated incident.
We are working on removing it.”
Twitter has also banned some anti-Harassment and Anti-Bias accounts, though Twitter didn�t comment on how many of those accounts are still active.
But the hashtag itself is now a new battleground in the war on harassment.
Twitter is now under fire for failing to adequately monitor abusive users and not being vigilant enough about the threats they make.
The #BUMPinRoad campaign is one of the first examples of a new form of online harassment: it is the new “troll storm.”
It’s an increasingly common phenomenon, as Twitter tries to figure out how to deal with threats of death and rape and death threats and other forms of abuse that seem to have been on the rise since Gamergate.
A troll storm is when a large number of people who are known to be abusive, or who may have been abusive, try to engage in harassment.
The term troll comes from the internet community of “trolling,” where people try to create an environment in which people can anonymously send out threatening messages.
A tweet, or a comment, is often posted and quickly retweeted and shared on Twitter.
“Twitter is a big place, and you have trolls in all sorts of different places,” says Jessica Lien, a senior researcher at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
“You have some of the biggest trolls on the internet, and then there are a lot of smaller trolls.”
“The trolling you see on Twitter is actually just a fraction of the real trolling happening on the web,” she adds.
“People are actually sending out hundreds of thousands of messages to people who they think are the real threats, and the people who get them all get retweeted by a lot more people.
That’s the nature of trolling.”
In October, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an American think tank, issued a report, “Online Harassment