Doxxing – when a person’s private information is leaked online – has become prevalent during the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Illustration: Mario Riviera
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Doxxing: the powerful ‘weapon’ in the Hong Kong protests had a petty beginning

  • ‘Dropping dox’, as it was known in the 1990s, was an act of retribution during flame wars in which hackers and posters got into arguments online
  • It refers to the act of leaking an individual’s personal information for the purpose of humiliation or intimidation
Doxxing – when a person’s private information is leaked online – has become prevalent during the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Illustration: Mario Riviera
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