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GamerGate target Zoe Quinn: It will ‘always be glorified revenge porn by my angry ex’

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Zoe Quinn, one of the primary targets of the GamerGate online harassment campaign, sat down with BBC technology reporter David Lee to discuss the personal cost of being the focal point of a hate campaign.

Quinn, along with critic Anita Sarkeesian and game developer Brianna Wu, has been the focus of a hate campaign that has included rape and death threats which have driven the women out of their homes and  into hiding.

Developer of the game Depression Quest, Quinn became the target of choice for the predominantly male gamer community after her ex-boyfriend, Eron Gjoni, published a post on his blog accusing her of infidelity. Gamers began posting personal details about her life, threatening her, and accusing her of using sex to garner favorable reviews for her game under the cover of concern over “journalism ethics.”

Attributing the harassment campaign to Gjoni, calling it “glorified revenge porn by my angry ex,” Quinn explained how the constant harassment and threats have impacted her life.

“The first thing you lose is all perspective,” she said. “It’s like you’re constantly surrounded by nothing but hate, and it’s virulent and it’s everywhere. Especially with someone with anxiety disorder, It’s, like … I fell into it. It was like falling into static.”

Quinn detailed the loss she now feels, having been made to feel she no longer is a part of the gaming community.

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“I used to go to games events and feel like I was going home,” Quinn said. “Now it’s just like… are any of the people I’m currently in the room with ones that said they wanted to beat me to death?”

“It’s terrifying. It sucks to not have any privacy. This has all been so public. It’s more scrutiny than a politician faces – it’s living with constant fear in a place I called home.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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