Bernard Grua, a French activist, traveler, blogger & photographer was, since september 18, 2019, under a strong harassment coming from a Pakistani Twitter account, @GruaAbuseArkive. This account was suspended by Twitter for identity theft, while using Bernard Grua’s name in its Twitter ID, name & bio. Additionally Bernard Grua’s profile picture was used as a banner for this stalking account. The day after the malevolent account suspension, another Twitter account, @BarefootRaRa, started a new wave of stalking, while providing PUBLIC evidences it was the same female user. Here below, we will show these PUBLIC evidences posted by the stalker under her two Twitter accounts. We will, even, be able to know her real name.
Article 12 of the Universal Convention of Human Rights:
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
Bernard Grua was a victim of arbitrary interference and of attacks upon his honour and reputation because of @GruaAbuseArkive. The injury is still continuing because of @BarefootRaRa.
“Twitter accounts that pose as another person, brand, or organization in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended under Twitter’s impersonation policy… In order to violate our impersonation policy, the account must portray another entity in a misleading or deceptive manner.”
Bernard Grua was portrayed on a misleading and deceptive manner by @GruaAbuseArkive profile.
“If the reported information was shared somewhere else before it was shared on Twitter, e.g., someone sharing their personal phone number on their own publicly accessible website, we may not treat this information as private, as the owner has made it publicly available.”
The stalker cannot invoke privacy, while all the reported information was not only shared by her on different public media but, for all of them, shared on Twitter. On the other hand, the stalker does not refrain herself to publish private conversations, including even false quotes without providing evidences.
What was the impersonating and stalking Twitter account, @GruaAbuseArkive?
The twitter account #3287184386, @GruaAbuseArkive, was previously called @barefoot_rmala & @barefootRamster. A complaint to Nantes (France) High Court for the Public Prosecutor was filed against this user on November 21, 2019, for harassment (article 222-33-2-2 of French Criminal Code), public defamation (French law of July 29, 1881) and slanderous denunciation (article 226-10 of French Criminal Code). Assistance of the French Governmental Agency against Cyberbullying was requested on December 5, 2019.
As an answer to the complaint to High Court, the cyberstalker gradually started as acting as an Identity Thief by impersonating her victim, Bernard Grua, abusing his name in her Twitter ID, name and bio. She also stole his profile picture to post it into her Twitter banner.
How the twitter account @GruaAbuseArkive was suspended & why the stalker had to use another account?
All that was humanly acceptable was exceeded for a long time when Bernard Grua, on February 9, 2020, sent a Formal Demand Notice to its female Pakistani tormentor. He demanded her to stop this impersonation and to stop trashing his reputation on Twitter (e.g. worldwide web). Instead, the stalker reacted with insults and PUBLIC distorted captures of this PRIVATE letter falsely presented as threats on herself and on her daughter (her usual shield for avoiding facing her responsibilities). As a consequence, to debunk these allegations, the Formal Demand Notice was made PUBLIC.
@GruaAbuseArkive reacted to the official warning by escalating, if possible, her stalking.
On February 17, at 00:50 (Paris Time), Twitter supended the account @GruaAbuseArkive.
A request was sent to “Thread Reader” (an application presenting Tweet threads as blog articles) to remove all @GruaAbuseArkive that were still visible there (except for second level embed tweets), despite the account was not accessible on Twitter.
On February 17, 2020, morning, Thread Reader flushed @GruaAbuseArkive.
How another Twitter account, @BarefootRaRa, came in command of the stalking, after the initial malevolent account was suspended?
The day after @GruaAbuseArkive was suspended, on February 18, 2020, at 16:27, French time (20:27 Pakistan time) the Twitter account #142457898, @BarefootRaRa, started its stalking against @BernardGrua. Here again, it was mixing slandering, defamation, fake news and calumnious denunciations to authorities. On February 19, 2020, at 20:20, a bit more than 24 hours after the beginning, 85 harassment tweets were already sent to @BernardGrua who asked 26 times who he(she) was and asked 20 times to stop the harassment.
Here below, are the people and authorities spammed by these 85 stalking tweets, mostly for calumnious denunciation purposes:
- 52 tweets with @GruaAbuseArkive (the account suspended by Twitter)
- 48 tweets with @Mahrukhbeg (other hrassment victim)
- 21 tweets with @PoliceNationale (French Police)
- 13 tweets with @Johanna_Rolland (Mayor of Nantes, my hometown)
- 12 tweets with @NantesMetropole (Nantes administration)
- 12 tweets with @ICT_Police (Islamabad Police, Pakistan capital city)
- 9 tweets with @sherryrehman (Pakistan senator)
Let’s see, now, how @BarefootRara account confirmed being the suspended @GruaAbuseArkive one.
What are the profile similarities between @BarefootRara and impersonating @GruaAbuseArkive account?
The name of the user is Ramla. The Twitter ID @BarefootRaRa is very similar to the former ID’s @BarefootRamster and @barefoot_rmala preceding @GruaAbuseArkive for Twitter account #3287184386 . The first name of Bernard Grua is disclosed in the bio of the stalker. It is not complete, likely for avoiding being suspended again for impersonation.
“Black Mountains” was the location disclosed on @GruaAbuseArkive. It is also the one disclosed on @BarefootRaRa. “Black Mountains” is a translation of “Karakoram” which is the name of the range where lives the stalker and the names she gives herself “Black Mountain Dragon” on one of her Facebook PUBLIC pages: https://www.facebook.com/KarakoraMommy/, as she disclosed on a February 19, 2020 Tweet.
There is a link to https://www.facebook.com/changemakers.pk, showed on @BarefootRara Twitter bio. On @GruaAbusiveArkive PUBLIC profile that was a YouTube channel called ChangemakersPK, where there are only videos of Ramla Akhtar, the name she uses to introduce herself on these media.
How @BarefootRara confirmed that she has the same control than @GruaAbuseArkive on Pakistan ChangeMakers
Below, @BarefootRara gives PUBLICLY, on a February 19, 2020 Tweet, the Youtube link which was on @GruaAbuseArkive profile leading to the 4 videos, where only Ramla Akhtar is staged. Note, among the adressees, Islamabad Police & Senator Sherry Rehman.
How @BarefootRaRa publicly confirms to authorities she is the same person than @GruaAbuseArkive?
As mentioned above, Ramla Akhtar received a Formal Demand Notice for stopping her impersonation and her stalking under @GruaAbuseArkive. She decided to make PUBLIC on Twitter this PRIVATE letter. Under @BarefootRaRa, she confirms she is the recipient of this demand. Among the addressees of this public message are the French Police, Johanna Rolland, Mayor of Nantes (Bernard Grua’s hometown), and Nantes City administration. There are, thus, no doubts the two accounts represent the same user.
BarefootRaRa retweets a @GruaAbuseArkive post having the same attachments (captures from Formal Demand Notice) than the tweet sent under @BarefootRara. On both accounts she pretends this PRIVATE letter was a threat against herself.
Moreover, in a PUBLIC tweet showed below, addressed especially to Islamabad Police and NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), she confirms she was the user whose account, @GruaAbuseArkive, was suspended for impersonation, including the use of a stolen profile picture.
Just based on Twitter publications made by @BarefootRaRa and @GruaAbuseArkive, we understand that these two stalking accounts belong to the same user, Mss Ramla Akhtar, living in Karakoram region of Pakistan. For no part of the information disclosed above, the stalker can invoke a PRIVACY breach while it was not only made PUBLIC by her, but also entirely posted on Twitter. The most crucial information was, moreover, PUBLICLY sent, by her, to French and Pakistani authorities. Then, it can’t be denied by the stalker.