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Internet Falls for Protester-Mocking Tirade by Fake Google Employee

Not a Google employee.

Tech employees can be awful, but they’re rarely dumb enough to be awful when cameras are running. So today, when a video surfaced of a supposed Google employee taunting anti-gentrification protesters in San Francisco – telling one protester, “Why don’t you go to a city that can afford it? This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can’t afford it? You can leave. I’m sorry, get a better job” — some of us questioned the veracity of the protester’s identity.

Several minutes later, after Twitter had been whipped into a collective rage, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, which had originally identified the man in the video as a Google employee, changed its story, saying instead that the man had been a “union organizer” impersonating a Google employee.

The paper ID’d the false-flagger as Max Bell Alper, an Oakland-based activist who had previously helped in shutting down a Wells Fargo building as part of the Occupy movement.

So, there you have it. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet, kids. (This site excepted.)

Fake Google Employee Mocks Protesters