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Anonymous Releases Identities Of 1,000 Alleged KKK Sympathizers

11/06/2015 02:33 EST | Updated 11/06/2015 02:59 EST

The hacktivist group Anonymous has delivered on their promise of exposing 1,000 alleged sympathizers of the Ku Klux Klan on their Twitter page.

Anonymous had vowed to "unhood" sympathizers of the KKK as a part of a growing feud between the two groups that began after the Klan threatened to use "deadly force"against Michael Brown protesters in Ferguson.

The hackers recently denied releasing a list containing the identities of 80 alleged members on Monday, according to the BBC.

Many of the people on the list denied the allegations, USA Today reported.

"I have never had any relationship of any kind with the KKK. I am opposed to everything it stands for," Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Ky. said in a statement.

"I have no idea where this information came from, but wherever it came from, it is wrong."

That list has since been deemed a fake, according to the BBC.

The identities the hackers released on Thursday include names and Facebook pictures they say they were able to obtain through a compromised KKK Twitter account.

The same report pointed out that hackers identified the sympathizers according to social media profiles of people who had joined or "liked" KKK-related groups on Facebook and Google+ where many of the profiles featured racist imagery and slogans.

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