Social media mob ruins life of man misidentified as present for Capitol riot

Social media mob ruins life of man misidentified as present for Capitol riot
Image: YouTube screen grab

[Ed. – Retired firefighter receiving death threats, gravely concerned for his family’s safety after being misidentified on Twitter.  Using a generic feature image here, as there’s no reason to keep spreading this poor man’s image further.  Leave him in peace.]

David Quinavalle spent January 6th quietly at home in the Chicago area celebrating his wife’s birthday, but that didn’t matter to a mob of Twitter sleuths looking for the identities of those involved in the Capitol riots. After a picture of one man wearing a CFD cap showed up in the pictures and videos, the mob came after Quintavalle, a retired firefighter with a passing resemblance …

Twitter did its thing, all right … about as badly as one might expect (via Ken Vogel and Twitchy):

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Twitter exploded with unsubstantiated claims Tuesday that Quintavalle — who retired from the fire department in 2016 after 32 years — was the bearded “#extinguisherman” in a surveillance video wearing a “CFD” stocking cap wanted for questioning and “soon to be arrested” by the FBI regarding the fatal beating of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. …

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Trending: You know what else is wrong with whites? They’re hung up on things like punctuality and rules

UpdateThe actual perp has been identified by the FBI, and he’s not Quintavalle, or even from Illinois.

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