BuzzFeed maintains silence even as their employee attempts to dox, stalk and threaten a woman who disagreed with him

BuzzFeed India employee Pranav Dixit yesterday bullied a woman on Twitter, stalked her on professional networking site LinkedIn, reached out to her employers just because she countered him on his views. Ironically, the BuzzFeed journalist was calling the list being prepared by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on ‘Urban Naxals’ as ‘hit list’ of those who disagree with the current government.

Pranav Dixit comparing the list of ‘Urban Naxals’ to a ‘hit list’ on social media

Following the crackdown on supposed Maoists last week, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri posted a message asking people to make a list of those who are defending ‘Urban Naxals’ the title of his popular book as well as a term to refer to those living in the cities and embedded in the mainstream society, but aiding movements that aim to weaken or break down the nation-state through violence. Pranav Dixit, however, thought this is a ‘hit list’, something the Nazis would make, to target individuals. He said that such a list risks ‘real-world violence’. To that, one Twitter user Seema Trivedi disagreed with him and called him out for trying to whip up a hysteria.

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Twitter user Seema Trivedi’s contrary view

Trivedi tried to reason with Dixit and said that such playing up a harmless list like that is like creating a panic and putting thoughts in the heads of the people.

But something snapped and Pranav Dixit went and stalked Trivedi on social media platforms and reach out to her employers for an ‘official statement’ on her contrary views.

BuzzFeed employee doxxing a woman for not agreeing with his views

He even wanted to use BuzzFeed as a platform to bully Trivedi, in an attempt to intimidate her from expressing her views. This when BuzzFeed as a platform has always tried to portray itself as champions of freedom of speech. Because, how dare you ‘troll the press’?

Pranav Dixit justifying his stalkerly behaviour by calling it ‘journalism’

This is not the first time Dixit has used the threats and bullying as a means to silence those who disagree with him.

Pranav Dixit threatening to ‘hunt down’ someone who disagreed with him.

Ironically, Dixit has written on online bullying and how Twitter needs to ‘step it up’ on BuzzFeed, after talking to ‘survivors of harassment, journalists and cops’.

Pranav Dixit’s article on online harassment

Perhaps BuzzFeed could do an article on Pranav Dixit’s ‘targets’ who have been on the receiving end of his bullying and abuses. Speaking of abuses, Dixit also casually likes to use the ‘f-word’ for women on Twitter.

Pranav Dixit abusing a woman because he didn’t agree with her views

Not taking it lying down, Trivedi reached out to BuzzFeed for their employee using their platform to intimidate her.

While Dixit offered a half-hearted ‘apology’ saying that his threats were ‘out of line’, Twitter users aren’t convinced and slammed Buzzfeed for maintaining an uncomfortable silence.

People in powerful positions using their platforms to go after common citizens whom they don’t agree with is not new. A journalist associated with TheWire, Swati Chaturvedi, wrote a book doxxing private individuals and labelling them as ‘trolls’ just because most supported Prime Minister Modi. She, too, had doxxed OpIndia co-founder and gone after his personal life. Similarly, TMC MP Derek O’Brien has used his Parliamentary privilege to name and shame Twitter users who disagree with him and has even used ‘naming and shaming in the Parliament’ as a way to silence those who disagree with him.


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