Fighting a Troll

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Bloomberg journalist Dune Lawrence covers the nitty gritty financial details of Chinese business dealings here in the U.S. While writing about a company called AgFeed in 2013, Lawrence became the target of an all-out online trolling campaign by a guy named Benjamin Wey. Lawrence mentioned Wey’s name in the AgFeed story because he had worked with the company as a consultant at some point. Her story never implicated Wey in any wrongdoing, yet it was enough for him to kick off a two-year trolling spree in which Wey claimed on his website that Lawrence was racist, that she had been kicked out of China for being a bad reporter and that she was deeply addicted to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Lawrence recently wrote about her two-year odyssey of trying to get Wey’s online attacks taken down.

Credits

Guest:
Dune Lawrence - Reporter for Bloomberg News and Businessweek - @DuneLawrence

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher, Sarah Sweeney