Newsweek responds to Redditors' ire over Bitcoin story
Newsweek marked its return to print with a cover story revealing the identity of the founder of the digital currency Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto written by senior writer and finance editor Leah McGrath Goodman.
While some congratulated Goodman on the reveal on Twitter, others took to Reddit to express their anger and concern for the safety of Nakamoto. Reddit users contended that the revelation of his address, true identity as well as images of his house exposed the scientist, who for many years worked hard to remain anonymous, to extreme danger.
Reddit user lefkosiatis wrote, "This article will make him the most WANTED man on the planet. From mafia to FBI agents, to drug cartels and private armies. He is in serious trouble."
Another user wrote, "This is unbelievable. How can we, as a community, protect Satoshi? It's on us. He gave us this gift. What can we do for him? I'm thinking bounties on the heads of any criminal that touches Satoshi? Is that too rash?"
"The staff of the new Newsweek are held to the same rigorous editorial standards the magazine has been held to for the past 80 years - fair, honest reporting about public figures whose technology and ideas shape the world we live in," a Newsweek spokesman told Capital. "Reddit users are welcome to share their own opinions on the whereabouts and identity of Mr. Nakamoto but we would encourage them to abstain from ad hominem attacks on our reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman."
Goodman also responded to questions about her decision to publish Nakamoto's personal information on Twitter.
"Pictures and info people are asking about (including residence and car) already public. His name too.#Bitcoin," Goodman tweeted.
As an example of the line between public and private information, Goodman later tweeted that she did not publish his email address because it was not publically available.
Read The Awl's report on the Reddit anger here: http://goo.gl/vhWM3a
Read Goodman's story here: http://goo.gl/NyabjF
See Goodman's tweets here: http://goo.gl/WMF6Q2