The Twitter trend #OpKKK is certainly a busy one on Monday, November 2. That #OpKKK movement is also causing confusion because the Anonymous hacktivists had planned to release a list that allegedly contained 1,000 KKK members or folks known to have some sort of KKK ties. As such, a Pastebin list containing the names, emails, and phone numbers of people who allegedly had ties to the KKK began circulating online.
The Twitter account @YourAnonNews tweeted about dominating the trending section of Pastebin, and indeed, their alleged list of KKK members got plenty of online views. With U.S. Senators and mayors listed on the alleged KKK list as having ties to the organization, it’s no wonder that #OpKKK (short for Operation KKK) began to trend. Twitter reported that 47,500 tweets about this trend began to make the OpKKK hashtag explode.
However, the names of politicos appearing on the alleged KKK list began to push back against what was published on Pastebin. Mayor Kent Guinn out of Ocala, Florida, one of the mayors whose name appeared on the infamous KKK list, denied any involvement with the KKK.
Likewise, Mayor Madeline Rogero denied any KKK membership and called the accusations ridiculous, explaining that she has an interracial family and has fought for civil liberties for year. On her Facebook page, Mayor Madeline wrote that she doubts the KKK would have anything to do with her, as reported by the Inquisitr. Likewise, Mayor Jim Gray said that the KKK stands for everything’s he’s opposed to, and that the alleged KKK list released on November 1 by supposed Anonymous members is flat out wrong.
Now that these folks have refuted all claims of their names being placed on this supposed KKK membership or association list, folks are wondering if another KKK list will be released on Thursday, November 5, the original date that the list was expected to hit the internet. On the Operation KKK Twitter account, they note that while they appreciate other hackers trying to expose KKK members, they can’t corroborate with the alleged KKK list that they did not release.
“We respect the work of our fellow freedom fighters. However, we are unable to confirm, deny or take credit for any work that we did not do.”
As such, the Operation_KKK Twitter account notes that their Anonymous hacktivists will only vouch for the list that comes from their Twitter account on Thursday, November 5 and not the previous lists released and published on Pastebin prior to that date.
With all the hacking, denying, leaking, and publishing of alleged KKK members, it should be an interesting week. However, some tweeting under the #OpKKK Twitter hashtag realize that the mission might not get as much attention as the Ashley Madison hack received. Time will tell as more alleged KKK lists are published.
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