Bryan Kohberger: Internet slams web sleuths harassing random users with same name as Idaho suspect
This article is based on sources and MEAWW cannot verify this information independently.
MOSCOW, IDAHO: The arrest of Bryan Kohberger has provided some relief to the grieving families and friends of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. The Internet sleuths, who were more or less involved since Day 1, hammered the online platforms to find the suspect's social media accounts. In the process, many people who have the same name as the Idaho suspect were harassed and it became a growing concern.
MEAWW previously reported an incident where a man also named Bryan Kohberger received loads of messages right after the suspect was arrested. He took to his Instagram and said, "My account blew up out of nowhere and I was shocked when I started getting messages." He continued, "After doing some research, I found out that what this person had done was heinous. I am Bryan Kohberger, but I am not a killer. I am a good person." However, he is not the only one. Many people have targeted wrong social media accounts thinking it belongs to the suspect. They are facing backlash for the Idaho murders. As of now, there are hundreds of fake Bryan Kohberger accounts throughout the Internet with many of them being made after his arrest. To curb online harassment, a Reddit community has implemented strict actions.
One such community that is active since the day of the murders on Reddit is 'Idaho Murders' which has more than 90,000 members. The moderators on the subreddit have shown a zero tolerance toward harassing people also named Bryan Kohberger.
A post explaining the same read, "No speculation is permitted here regarding the identity of any account other than “Criminology_Student” (the account that posted the survey). Doing so will result in a temporary or permanent ban. Harassment of various users has proliferated in the past few days and is overshadowing discussions about factual elements of the case."
The post further reads, "Many old threads have had to the locked because of the sheer amount of comments accusing various accounts of being Bryan. Other subs may be allowing this behavior, to be clear we are not. This sub is a place to discuss verified info and partake in reasonable speculation. There is SO much to discuss now that we have an arrest, these witch hunting expeditions are low value and bring no meaningful discussion. If you believe something posted here from an individual should be tipped and have done so, please do not post about it in this sub."