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The internet loves @dril. No one Twitter account captures the general ridiculousness of the internet. But most people didn’t know who ran the account, and that was fine. Then on Friday, people began talking about someone revealing dril’s identity and personal information, also known as doxing. The information was apparently revealed on Tumblr.
However, it’s not necessarily a new phenomenon. There are Tumblr posts several years old that claim to know who the man behind dril is (click here if you want to know), as well as tweets that confirm the name. A discussion on Reddit about dril’s identity was posted two months ago.
But it’s a Tumblr post from Thursday and corresponding reactions on Twitter made dril’s speculated identity go viral. And people are blaming Tumblr.
"tumblr doxxed dril" is the worst sentence of 2017— Seung Y. Lee (@seungylee14) November 17, 2017
Twitter users, especially fans of the @dril account, aren’t thrilled about the news. They don’t want to know the identity of the person who runs the account.
I will never learn who @dril is. I will shoot my own eyeballs out first. I cannot be informed.— Vegetable Respector (@sheapforwheet) November 17, 2017
This is my mantra as I wake each day.
dril got doxxed and i most certainly will not ever inquire into his identity — not knowing is part of the fun— Largest Adult Son™ (@mr_bobloblaw) November 17, 2017
if you post anything about doxxing dril on my timeline you get an instant block. keep it secret, keep it safe— Tate James (@tatebjames) November 17, 2017
Wanting to know the identity of Dril is why nerds suck— Walmart Azathoth (@bombsfall) November 17, 2017
if you wanna know who dril is you're police for god damn sure— David Forum (@zlingman) November 17, 2017
look just because we might have found the corporeal manifestation of dril at this point in history doesn't mean we know who dril is— Jortdred (@vestenet) November 17, 2017
the spider-man 2 train scene where they all agree not to reveal spider-man's identity except it's dril and our lives are all miserable— kev (@kept_simple) November 17, 2017
If you have spent any amount of reasonable time trying to figure out who Dril is, you should never be allowed to vote.— Brian Coulter (@PhilaBCoulter) November 17, 2017
i dont want to know who he is— mag (@mag_tweets) November 17, 2017
i dont want to know what he looks like
i will not let you guys ruin the last good thing on this website
protect dril, respect dril, leave dril alone
Internet: we found who dril is!— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) November 17, 2017
The doxxing of dril pic.twitter.com/gdASGflKRH— New long name vaguely referencing Thanksgiving (@CandyAppleAlly) November 17, 2017
i'm about to dox dril. okay here goes: the real dril is all the friends we made along the way— andy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (@andymoney69) November 17, 2017
Some Twitter users offered a way to protect dril:
The only way to protect dril is for everyone to say “I am dril” like the “i’m spartacus” line— Good Tweetman (@Goodtweet_man) November 17, 2017
i am dril pic.twitter.com/LaUbahlrHZ— Asad Haider (@elinfinitoadios) November 17, 2017
We are all dril. Isn’t that the point of the account?
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.