Podcast: The Ethics of AmyMek

By , Paras Shah and Roona Korde-Samos

December 21, 2021

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(CHICAGO) — In 2018, Huffington Post reporter Luke O’Brien exposed the identity of  Amy Mekelburg, the person behind the alt-right Twitter handle, “@amymek.” 

As O’Brien explained in his article, “For five years, the mysterious Twitter account ― which has more than 200,000 followers, including Sean Hannity, Roseanne Barr and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has earned endorsements from Donald Trump and Michael Flynn.” With close to 25 tweets a day, the account has tirelessly spewed far-right propaganda and, Islamophobia

In the aftermath of the revelation, O’Brien received thousands of threats and Twitter suspended his account for a time after he responded to a Twitter user who accused him of “going after” Mekelburg’s husband.

Twitter suspended O’Brien’s account — it has since been reinstated.

In this podcast, The Click reporters Roona Korde-Samos, Taylor Blair and Paras Shah discuss their thoughts and the ethics challenged as this story unfolds.

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