Many people define doxing as posting someone’s personal information online. But doxing as a blanket term threatens to ignore the crucial difference between criminal doxing on the one hand, and, on the other hand, lawfully identifying people online, where the purpose may be to protect others, track down extremists or report on a public interest story. This is why ADL and State Senator Adam Morfeld worked together to introduce legislation to outlaw criminal doxing in Nebraska.
With the assistance of ADL’s Center on Extremism, an alleged neo-Nazi was arrestedfor his apparent role in a nationwide swatting campaign. In testimony before a House subcommittee, ADL’s CEO urged Congress to take action to curb online hate speech, if the social media companies continue to fail to do so. In an effort to label Democrats as sympathetic toward Iran, President Trump retweeted an Islamophobic and doctored image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wearing Islamic head coverings and standing in front of the Iranian flag.