A number of senior French journalists have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating on-line harassment by means of a personal Fb group.
The largely-male Ligue du LOL (League of LOL) mocked girls, together with different journalists, with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic pictures.
Dozens of girls have spoken out for the reason that group was uncovered by the key French each day Libération.
Libération’s on-line editor Alexandre Hervaud is amongst these suspended.
Folks within the League of LOL arrange nameless Twitter accounts in an effort to harass outstanding journalists, writers and activists – predominantly concentrating on girls.
Vincent Glad, a well known freelancer who additionally labored for Libération, admitted founding the group in 2009. He has additionally been suspended from the paper.
He apologised on Twitter (in French), saying that he now realised that “such practices have been unacceptable and ‘LOL’ was not humorous in any respect when it’s executed in a pack”.
Mr Hervaud additionally tweeted out an apology for his involvement, however in a later put up went on to assault “those that soar with pleasure” at his suspension.
Aux personnes qui se sont senties visées ici ou ailleurs depuis 11 ans par une ou plusieurs de mes saillies ricaneuses, je peux difficilement dire autre selected qu’un sincère “je m’excuse, c’était vraiment pas malin, et ça ne se reproduira plus”.
— Alexandre Hervaud (@AlexHervaud) February eight, 2019
Libération is now finishing up an inside investigation into each Mr Hervaud and Mr Glad.
Journalist Nora Bouazzouni, Slate France reporter Lucile Bellan, and podcaster Mélanie Wanga have all described being focused by the group.
In a tweet, science presenter Florence Porcel stated man had known as her telephone, posing as an editor of a “outstanding” information programme. He interviewed her for a non-existent job and publicly posted the audio of their dialog on-line.
“When the recording was made public, I cried of disgrace for 3 days,” Ms Porcel stated.
David Doucet, editor of French journal Les Inrockuptibles, confessed to being behind the pretend interview and publicly apologised to Ms Porcel.
Others implicated within the scandal embrace senior journalists and executives from main retailers together with Slate France and public relations agency Publicis.
France’s minister for digital affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, has described members of the “League of LOL” as “losers”.
“It’s a group of fellows excessive on their energy at with the ability to make enjoyable of different folks. Besides that their mockery had an impact in actual life,” Mr Mahjoubi stated.