Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer became a free speech hero when he was jailed for a year after revealing a hole in iPad security and exposing thousands of AT&T customers’ details back in 2010. His sentence was ultimately quashed.
Since then he’s become even more well-known as one of the Web’s most notorious trolls, which he combines with a taste for white supremacist ideology, going so far as to get a huge swastika tattoo.
His latest trick is gaming Twitter’s self-service ad console to push a tweet espousing his views into the timelines of women and ethnic minorities.
Auernheimer is delighted with the outraged response his stunt is getting – and no doubt with articles like this one – but it does highlight a massive flaw with Twitter’s system.
Asked whether the content of his promoted tweet is against the company’s terms and conditions, he replied:
It looks like his next experiment will be attempting to target specific users:
I’ve contacted Twitter to ask what it makes of Auernheimer’s antics. The “day 1” in the link to his Storify documenting the trolling suggests there’s more to come.
Update: And here’s what he had to say after seeing this article
Update: TNW understands the tweets were removed under Twitter’s hate speech/sensitive content policy. Of course, by then the damage was already done.
Pssst, hey you!
Do you want to get the sassiest daily tech newsletter every day, in your inbox, for FREE? Of course you do: sign up for Big Spam here.