The online naming-and-shaming, or "doxing," of neo-Nazis and bigots is a necessary countermeasure to their hurtful ideologies, suggests David M. Perry of Pacific Standard. Revealing them to their employers and peers will allow them to feel the consequences of spreading hate. It is an effective way of preventing their movements from growing. Our society rightly protects free speech, but given that authorities aren’t coming down on far-right extremists, doxing has become a method for the people to do so. Ideals, which are built on the belief that certain groups are inferior, need to be resisted.
The practice of "doxing" against left- or right-wing activists is inherently harmful and counterproductive, believes Emma Grey Ellis of Wired. The margin of error and anger that is involved in the process has often resulted in innocent people being hurt, whether it’s the families of targets or people who happened to have the same name. Most importantly, it is highly unlikely to actually change an individual’s stance or behavior. It is an unsophisticated form of mob justice that is often motivated by emotional resentment rather than a neutral quest for justice. Doxing anyone is wrong.