David Carpf, associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University, mocked Stephens on Twitter Monday night. The post received nine likes and zero retweets.
What followed was as close to the perfect Streisand effect as you could imagine. Stephens, who was not marked in the original post, sent Karpf an e-mail and copied her to the provost of the university, apparently causing trouble for Karpf.
And then it became viral ranting on Twitter, in a post that has now been retweeted 7,500 times and liked 48,500 (and counting). …
Stephens wrote, "I often wonder about the things that supposedly decent people are willing to say about other people ̵
On Tuesday Stephens announced that he would leave Twitter. Time to do what I promised a long time ago. Twitter is a sewer. It brings out the worst in humanity. I sincerely apologize for the role I played in the deterioration and for everyone I've ever hurt. Thanks to all my followers, but I disable this account. "