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For months, Martin Shkreli has been sitting on several domain names of journalists who have reported on his “celebrity”—from his pharma-bro price hike of an HIV drug, to his fraud conviction, to his obsession with rare rap albums. Now, he’s finally putting those domains to use in a manner that, unsurprisingly, harasses the domains’ namesakes.
According to Business Insider, Shkreli has published mocking welcome messages to the domains he owns for Vanity Fair tech reporter Maya Kosoff and CNBC editor Caroline Moss. Kosoff’s welcome reads, “Here we honor one of the most vibrant Social Justice advocates today.” Meanwhile, Moss’ page reads, “Everything you need to know about this CNBC safe-spacer.”
Shkreli allegedly owns at least 12 domain names for reporters across CNBC, Vice, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, AOL, Bloomberg, Dealbreaker, Gizmodo, and Business Insider. He’s previously purchased domains to harass Noisey reporter Phil Witmer, Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, Bloomberg reporter Max Nisen, STAT correspondent Dylan Scott, and the writer of the Business Insider piece, Maxwell Tani.
However, a recent visit to the older domain names (ex: Maxnisen.com, maxwelltani.com, etc.) as well as a visit to the domain he bought to target Duca (marrymelauren.com) now lead to a GoDaddy redirect to purchase the domains.
Speaking to Business Insider, Shkreli dismissed Kosoff’s and Moss’ work, and said they were “only a few notches above the white supremacists we hear so much about these days.”
“I wouldn’t call these people ‘journalists.’ They are the unwitting recipients of liberalism subsidy from large media and telecom companies,” Shkreli said.
H/T Business Insider
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.