After making an attempt to fight the unfold of misinformation in regards to the coronavirus, a Woodstock man mentioned he has confronted threats and harassment in direction of him and his boyfriend by anti-lockdown individuals.
After creating the Fb group “Finish the Chaos – Stopping the Anti-Masks Motion” and filming an anti-lockdown rally in his neighborhood, Jordan Kent mentioned anti-lockdown individuals began calling him a toddler predator on-line and posting the place he lived and labored.
“It positively makes you’re feeling worry in your security and the security of your accomplice,” Kent mentioned.
“It’s completely horrible when individuals come out of nowhere with these allegations, and so they haven’t any proof.”
Kent mentioned on Jan. 21 he live-streamed an anti-lockdown rally in Woodstock for his Finish the Chaos Fb web page from throughout the road. He believes the kid predator feedback relate to the truth that a teenage lady was on the demonstration however Kent mentioned that he by no means approached the lady.
Loads of the messages and feedback about Kent had been from the Fb group known as Canadians Towards Canadians Towards Freedom which has since been taken down.
Screenshots from the group present posting like “do non-essential issues in opposition to the stay-at-home orders,” and “Black lives don’t matter anymore”.
Kent mentioned he began reporting the group to Fb on Feb. 9 and the group was not eliminated till Feb. 18.
In a response from Fb despatched to International Information, they apologized for not taking the submit down sooner.
“We now have eliminated the Web page for violating our insurance policies. The Web page ought to have been eliminated when it was initially flagged to us. We apologize for any unintentional hurt attributable to this error,” a Fb firm spokesperson mentioned.
Kent mentioned it took Fb too lengthy to take motion and they should do higher with their neighborhood pointers.
“There have been tons of of individuals reporting it for misinformation, hate speech and slander, and it took the media calling Fb for one thing to occur,” he mentioned.
“It actually doesn’t make you’re feeling protected in your personal neighborhood, going to the native grocery retailer, going to Wal-Mart, going to exit to eat.”
Kent mentioned his residence was one in all a number of concerned within the Woodstock Tour of Lights for Christmas, and thru that, the since-deleted group obtained an image of his home and his tackle to submit on-line.
“Thanks for sharing this lovely residence in Woodstock, ON with our group… who desires the tackle to go go to this lovely residence,” a submit from the group mentioned.
Kent additionally acquired a personal message from somebody he believes was utilizing a faux identify posting an image of his door saying, “I do know the place you reside…. you simply wait and see what’s coming your manner….this time we’re coming to your home, and I (am) bringing all of my patriot buddies with me.”
The group additionally posted the place Kent labored on the Toyota Boshoku plant in Woodstock and inspired individuals to name his boss to get him fired.
“Everyone knows who’s employed right here. Hold calling them and allow them to know what their predator worker is as much as,” one submit on the group learn.
Since then, Kent mentioned his boss has acquired a number of calls from individuals saying he must be fired, however that they believed the claims about him weren’t true.
He mentioned they even went after his boyfriend, Austin Nold.
“If he’s in a relationship with a toddler predator, should be one as effectively,” learn a remark from the Canadians Towards Canadians Towards Freedom group.
“They’re throwing it on to my boyfriend, and it’s a solution to discredit no matter fact we’re bringing to the general public,” Kent mentioned.
“We’ve been coping with plenty of this over the past 10 days.”
Kent mentioned if it weren’t for his boyfriend and canine, Danny, he didn’t know the way he would get by the previous few weeks.
He mentioned when the messages turned threatening, he began sending them to the Woodstock police.
Kent shared a replica of the response despatched to him by Const. Greg MacArthur on Feb. 15 suggesting he cease responding and delete his Fb to cease the messages, saying it’s onerous to trace down an individual behind a web-based account.
“It’s one factor to say that if you’re on the skin within the peripherals of a narrative like this, it’s one other factor to be in that place like Austin and I’ve [with] these assaults approaching you,” Kent mentioned.
In an e mail Woodstock Police neighborhood service officer Friday Shaylyn Jackson mentioned police are conscious of the menace allegations and are investigating.
“I’m grateful to the Woodstock police for calling us final night time and, you recognize, facilitating the dialog and apologizing as a result of they did plenty of victim-blaming up till that time,” Kent mentioned.
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