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VIDEO: Jehovah’s Witnesses, subpoenas, and the attempted unmasking of apostates

We mentioned the other day that the ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses community is experiencing something very like what ex-Scientologists went through 25 years ago, when the Church of Scientology went to war with the early Internet.

Today, Lloyd Evans, Mark O’Donnell and others discuss the Watchtower’s new litigiousness against whistleblowers, and specifically in the case of one Reddit user, Darkspilver, who is fighting back with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Says Lloyd: “In recent months, dozens of subpoenas have been issued by Watchtower to internet giants like Google, Facebook and Reddit requesting information identifying otherwise anonymous whisteblowers who have posted information the organization considers to be copyrighted. This is in addition to cease and desist letters being sent to known activists, including yours truly, threatening legal action over use of copyrighted content. But with the help of the EFF, or Electronic Frontier Foundation, one ex-JW activist is fighting back. Reddit user Darkspilver has issued a motion to quash Watchtower’s attempts to subpoena their information, and Watchtower has responded with a 48-page document defending their attempted violation of Darkspilver’s privacy.”




Posted by Tony Ortega on Apri1 13, 2019 at 13:00

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Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects such as Jehovah’s Witnesses. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)


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