The Crash Override Network leaks have proven that members of the supposed anti-harassment group were engaged in targeted harassment, doxing and sabotage. The chat leaks from Skype and Trello revealed a lot about the organization, detailed over on Heat Street and Washington Examiner. Well, readers have been reaching out to networks who previously promoted Crash Override Network to see if they would be willing to update their stories about these issues, but sites like CBC and LA Times have been dead silent about the matter.
On January 23rd, 2015 Brent Bambury from CBC’s Day 6 did a radio show interview with one of the co-founders of Crash Override Network, Zoe Quinn, as they discussed the network’s role in helping those who suffered from harassment or doxing.
— CBC Day 6 (@CBCDay6) January 24, 2015
I reached out to Bambury and the CBC regarding doing any updates or follow-ups on their coverage of Crash Override Network, informing users that their data may not be safe with the organization or to at least make people aware about the targeted harassment that was carried out by those who the group felt was ideologically opposed to them. However, the CBC did not respond and have been completely silent about the matter.
The Hero Complex section of the LA Times also did an article promoting Crash Override Network on February 4th, 2015. The article was written by Todd Martens, who quoted Quinn as saying…
“One of the most frustrating things about all this is the amount of damage that’s been done to the notion of games and the people who play them in the public sphere,” […] “Gamergate is undoing the work of so many of us in the indie space who have for a long time been saying, ‘Games are for everyone. Games can do anything.’ My own work has centered on that.”
According to Crash Override Network’s own research, #GamerGate was never actually used to harass Anita Sarkeesian.
The Crash Override Network chat logs and Trello cards, did show that they performed opposition research and doxed individuals in order to ruin them financially or defund them by any means necessary.
I wrote to the LA Times about this particular article from Martens, but did not receive a response.
E-mail campaigns were also put together by Kotaku In Action to reach out to these outlets, but they have all chosen to stay silent on the matter.
Many media outlets chose to promote Crash Override Network, sending many people to the organization but have failed to inform people that some of their information could be used against them if they don’t align with the political and social ideology of the members of the group. In two other separate cases, members of Crash Override Network were also engaged in sexual harassment and a targeted doxing attempt on a supporter of #GamerGate, as reported by Breitbart.