What's the Worst Thing You've Done Online?

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Twitter recently “accidentally” banned a whole lot of users for joining the service before they were thirteen years old. The users, now “old enough” to use Twitter “responsibly,” have been upset, and Twitter has a whole thread on steps its taking to bring these “not children” back online. But here is something that is important to consider. Children on the internet are always bad.

I know this because I was once a child on the internet. There was the time an X-Files RP Usenet banned me because my character was “boring, childish, and too perfect.” And the time I catfished a bunch of college boys convincing them I was pre-med at MIT, when, in fact, I was fourteen and in high school.

I’m not the only one who was terrible on the internet. Senior Writer Sam Rutherford said, “The only thing I remember is that when people asked A/S/L? The answer was always 14/f/Cali.”


And Managing Editor Andrew Couts made vague allusions to “shenanigans” that have me thinking he was living the Hackers-life while we were all just fucking around in AOL chatrooms.

There’s also some of you commenters, who have never met a bad joke or terrible idea you didn’t feel it necessary to put into Kinja. So go ahead—tell us the worst thing you’ve ever done online.

Senior Consumer Tech Editor. Trained her dog to do fist bumps. Once wrote for Lifetime. Tips encouraged via Secure Drop, Proton Mail, or DM for Signal.

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