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This week’s edition of Ask/Answered comes from Google. These are some of the top searched questions in the area in the last week.
Who is Banksy?
As the gavel fell on a painting by the artist known as Banksy during an auction at the auction house Sotheby’s in London Friday, the artwork spontaneously self-destructed.
The spray painted image of a girl holding a red balloon had just fetched $1.4 million when it was fed through a shredder that had been built into the frame.
The identity of Banksy remains a mystery.
In the 1990s works of graffiti making commentary on social injustices began appearing on buildings in England.
In the years since, Banksy’s artwork has popped up at locations across the globe and rumors have swirled as to who the mystery artist is.
According to the Sun in the United Kingdom, Banksy has created more than 120 works, including painting the European Union flag on a building in Dover, England, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU.
Much like Bigfoot, the identity of Banksy remains a mystery relegated to speculation and a few unclear photos and videos.
What is doxxing?
Doxxing is the act of publicly publishing private information about another person as a way to seek revenge or punishment, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.
When someone gets doxxed, their personal information like their phone number, home address, personal email or Social Security number are released to the public.
One of the more famous examples of doxxing came during the 2016 presidential campaign when then candidate Donald Trump publicly announced the personal phone number of Sen. Lindsey Graham during a campaign rally.
At the time, Graham was competing against Trump for the Republican nomination.
Graham was so inundated with phone calls he had to get a new phone number.
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