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When what's good about the Internet destroys you

On Aug 15, 2014, Zoe Quinn was out with some friends in San Francisco when her phone began to blow up with messages. Something was exploding on the Internet - a strange, incoherent maelstrom of outrage that would take over her life. Ms Quinn, a 27-year-old video game developer, lived in Boston and was in San Francisco only to visit, but the visit turned into exile.

"I never went home from San Francisco," she told me.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline 'When what's good about the Internet destroys you'. Print Edition | Subscribe