Malicious tweet gives journalist Kurt Eichenwald an epileptic seizure

For the second time this year, someone has apparently used Twitter to attack journalist Kurt Eichenwald by exploiting his epilepsy. In October, he revealed in Newsweek that a Trump supporter had attempted to induce a seizure via Twitter with an epileptogenic cartoon. Fortunately for Eichenwald, he was able to drop his iPad face-down in time.

Yesterday, someone evidently tried again. According to a series of tweets from Eichenwald’s account, they succeeded this time.

Eichenwald says he’s determined to have the attacker—who used the handle @jew_goldstein and the pseudonym (((Ari Goldstein)))—identified via subpoena and mentions both criminal and civil law as ways of bringing them to justice.

During an epileptic seizure, certain brain cells called excitatory neurons start firing over and over again, something that other neurons usually prevent from happening.

Different types of epilepsy manifest differently; not everyone suffers from the “tonic-clonic” or “grand mal” seizure in which one loses consciousness and muscles start jerking. What type of epilepsy you have depends upon which region of your brain undergoes seizures. Continue reading

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