Gjoni has stated that the original version of his post was "really really long" and "boring," so he made it more "entertaining" and "marketed it to people who would be in the mood to be entertained by depressing things."
He has also written that he condemns the harassment of Zoe and that "if there was any conflict of interest between Zoe and Nathan regarding coverage of Depression Quest prior to April, I have no evidence to imply that it was sexual in nature."
Criticism of news reporting about GjoniEdit
But that hasn't stopped The Independent, The Telegraph, Yahoo, The Washington Post, CNN, Vice, Forbes, Mass Media, The Hilltop, 24dash, Daily Life, Baylor Lariat, Daily Review, and Sun News among MANY, MANY others -- even a YouTube Nation video - from getting the most basic tenant of the origin of the story completely wrong.
October 16 The Man Who Sparked GamerGate by Joseph Bernstein of Buzzfeed