The American justice system is under threat from alt right trolls from across the internet. Many courtrooms have recently been compromised by alt right trolls from across the nation doxxing and gathering information on vulnerable defendants in order to harass and harm these people.
These cases often relate to pressing issues such as Black Lives Matter and peaceful protests against organizations such as the proud boys. In order to stop this we must ramp up our security on digital courtrooms.
As we had seen in a recent Charlottesville trial where testifications from people against the “Unite the Right” movement were harassed by racist remarks and a filming and streaming of the courtroom’s trial. Many of the defendants feared sharing the names of their friends or families or the names of people’s involved as thousands of alt right trolls listened and waited across the united states ready to doxx them and share their personal information. The fact that the safety of people involved with the trial could not be guaranteed is deeply concerning. Courtrooms being public is intrinsic to the American justice system but a change must be made.
One potential solution is that a digital courtroom must be filmed and uploaded to a official court website at a later date; however, the call must be closed and not allow others into it for risk of doxxings and streaming to third party websites. To ensure people’s safety and in order to prevent third party streaming we must close digital courts from the public.
Silverman, Ellie. “White Supremacists Find a New Platform to Spread Hate: A Federal Courtroom in Charlottesville.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 12 Nov. 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/11/10/charlottesville-trial-white-supremacists-courtroom/.