Contrary to earlier reports, a Texas university says a radical group that is threatening to expose the personal information of conservative students online is not connected to the university.
J.B. Bird of the University of Texas at Austin says the Autonomous Student Network (ASN) is not connected with UT. The fact that they call themselves a student network has caused confusion in the media.
Bird, director of media relations and issues management for the university, says it is nearly impossible to identify the group's members.
"We're talking about an anonymous group," he points out. "We have never confirmed that any students are in the group, but they do try to do things that will get our students upset about different causes."
Bird says the Network trying to associate itself with the school gives the false impression the university has taken an indifferent attitude toward the "doxxing" threats.
"The university supports all of its students, and no members of our community should be targeted for their affiliations, for their religious beliefs, [or] for their political beliefs," Bird tells OneNewsNow.
"Doxxing" is when social media-savvy individuals dig up the background on others in order to mercilessly harass them online. In this case, the ASN has threatened to dox incoming freshmen if they join a conservative organization. The university spokesman says UT is acting vigilantly because they expect these threats to continue. The school, however, is limited in what it can do, so it has called on the state attorney general for help.
OneNewsNow's previous report did not include comments from the university.