What’s the deal with the masks?

One of the big questions that comes up is: what’s the deal with the masks? If they’re the good guys, why do some folks in antifa wear masks? What do they have to hide?

There are a lot of legit reasons to wear masks even if you’re not doing anything wrong. Doxing, or sharing someone’s private information online, is a common practice of fascists looking to shut their opposition down (to be fair, it’s also sometimes used against them). By publicly circulating private info like phone numbers, social security numbers, addresses, place of employment, etc., fascists open folks up to harrassment, embarassment, pranks, identity theft, legal trouble (even if the person did nothing wrong), death threats, and a whole host of other nasty things. It’s not something anyone wants to go through, so folks sometimes mask up to protect themselves. Check out this article about some of the tactics fascists use when doxing.

Think of it like this: a lot of superheroes like Spiderman and Batman mask up to hide their identities when they fight crime and they’re good guys, right? It’s like that, only this is real life.

Note: we highly encourage you to read up on doxing if you don’t know much about it so you can protect yourself. There’s a lot of info about it online, but here’s a place to start.