The Times-Tribune

SENDER SOUGHT Newsweek reporter with epilepsy seeks ID of Twitter user who sent him seizure-inducing image.

Writer a critic of President-elect Donald Trump.


ASSOCIATED PRESS DALLAS — A Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy said he had a seizure after being sent a message on Twitter intended to trigger such an episode and is seeking informatio­n from the social media company to identify the person responsibl­e for the tweet.

The image in question — which included a strobe effect and the words, “You deserve a seizure for your posts” — was apparently sent in response to Kurt Eichenwald’s outspoken criticism of President-elect Donald Trump. Mr. Eichenwald, who has a home in Texas, said in court documents that the image triggered a seizure.

Mr. Eichenwald posted a signed copy of a Dallas County District Court order to Twitter on Tuesday that allows him to depose Twitter executives and orders the company to preserve any informatio­n or documents regarding the person who sent the image. Mr. Eichenwald wrote that “Twitter agreed to an expedited order.”

A Twitter representa­tive said via email that the company does not comment on individual accounts or investigat­ions. Guidelines for law enforcemen­t listed on the company’s website include a requiremen­t for a court order or subpoena before it releases user informatio­n.

That deposition request, filed Monday, says Twitter suspended the account of @jew— goldstein “upon learning of the assault.” The sender had identified him or herself with the alias Ari Goldstein.

The sender “succeeded in his effort to use Twitter as a means of committing assault, causing Petitioner to have a seizure which led to personal injury,” Mr. Eichenwald’s attorney wrote.

Mr. Eichenwald’s attorney didn’t immediatel­y return a message seeking comment Tuesday. Mr. Eichenwald did not immediatel­y return an email seeking comment.

Mr. Eichenwald told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he has received numerous copycat strobe messages from “people who identify themselves as Trump supporters” and that he is reporting each of them to Twitter to ask that their accounts be suspended.


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