Google employee repossesses Occupy’s Twitter account in hopes of reviving the movement

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, February 7, 2014 13:51 EDT
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A man in an "Anonymous" mask demonstrates with "Occupy Wall Street." Photo: Flickr user neotint, creative commons licensed.
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A current Google employee who claims to be the “founder” of the Occupy Movement has “taken back” the Occupy Wall Street Twitter account.

Justine Tunney claims to have “organized Occupy…back in 2012″ and decided that “[t]he movement [has] lost the way so I’m helping people learn about its founding principles which lead [sic] to its success.” Tunney is associated with the movement’s origins — she created and operates its most publicly visible website, OccupyWallSt.org — but her involvement in the movement has waned since she began working for Google.

“They basically bought my soul,” she told The Nation. “Google is the one company I don’t hate. I think Google is actually doing things that are making the world a better place.”

Tunney began working for Google after she was diagnosed with cancer. She complained to The Nation last year that “[t]here hasn’t been a lot of stuff going on in Occupy these days. Now it’s mostly bickering on mailing lists.” Suddenly, last night, she decided to do something about it.

The response to Tunney’s “taking back” of the Occupy account been predominantly negative, spawning the hashtag #IFoundedOccupyWallSt. According to her Google+ profile, she is a “champagne tranarchist” whose goal is to convince people that the “Liberal Elite™” is out to destroy the Occupy Movement.

The “Liberal Elite™ has always fought hard to destroy Occupy,” she wrote. “It’s why they spread lies about us. Because we’re #winning.”

["A man in an 'Anonymous' mask demonstrates with 'Occupy Wall Street' via Flickr user neotint, Creative Commons licensed.]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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