June 16 (UPI) — Six former eBay employees have been charged with harassing e-commerce newsletter editors, according tomedia reports. The U.S. Department of Justice says six former eBay employees, including James Baugh, the company’s former head of global security and resilience, maliciously harassed the editorial couple who published the eBay negative story.
It is reported that the six former eBay employees through the network to threaten, mail live insects and other strange items and even to monitor the parties. The group allegedly tried to suppress negative reports and negative comments from the newsletter’s company, so he hatched a plan to intimidate the newsletter’s editors and their families from mid-2019. They created an anonymous Twitter account, sent insults and threats to the couple, and escalated into face-to-face harassment. The couple were also mailed with ugly masks, a box of cockroaches and live spiders.
The gang also allegedly monitored the couple and at one point planned to break into their garage and install a tracking device in the car.
EBay’s leadership was not aware of the harassment until august 2019 when it was notified to law enforcement. The company said in a statement that it had fired all of the employees involved in September of that year. “eBay will not tolerate this kind of behavior. eBay requires its employees to adhere to high standards of conduct and ethics and will continue to take appropriate action to ensure compliance with these standards. “
But testimony showed that at least two executives had encouraged attacks on the newsletter. EBay confirmed that one of them was Devin Weni, eBay’s then-chief executive. According to the affidavit, Venig communicated with another executive about the newsletter editor and said, “I don’t care what she says.” A few seconds later added: “Take her off.” He repeated the phrase in another message: “If you’re going to take her down… Now is the time. “
eBay acknowledged that Venig made “inappropriate” comments about the newsletter, although “there is no evidence that Venig knew or authorized subsequent actions against the editor and her husband.” (Chen Chen)