Online activists are silencing us, scientists say

(REUTERS) — The emails, tweets and blog posts in the “abuse” folder that Michael Sharpe keeps on his computer continue to pile up. Eight years after he published results of a clinical trial that found some patients with chronic fatigue syndrome can get a little better with the right talking and exercise therapies, the Oxford University professor is subjected to almost daily, often anonymous, intimidation.

A Twitter user who identifies himself as a patient called Paul Watton () wrote: “I really am looking forward to his professional demise and his much-deserved public humiliation.” Another, Anton Mayer (), likened Sharpe’s behaviour to “that of an abuser.”