The Times Editorial Board announced on Tuesday morning that Norton had been hired as a columnist on power, culture and the consequences of technology.
“We’re excited to have Quinn to help our readers understand what’s possible and what’s sensible, and where we’re all headed,” the board said.
Norton, who previously covered the Occupy and Anonymous groups for Wired magazine, has also had her work published in The Atlantic and other publications, according to her personal website.
On her Patreon page, Norton said that she had “gently shot down” the idea of writing for the Times when members of the editorial board first approached her in January.
“I tried to imply, strongly, I’m kind of weird,” she wrote, before eventually accepting the offer. Her goal in taking the position, she said, was “to help the world understand itself well enough to stop the abuse before it started.”
The controversy comes after a dustup earlier this week over New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who called US athlete Mirai Nagasu an “immigrant” in a now-deleted tweet. Nagasu was born in California.
Norton’s rapport with Auerheimer, who used the Twitter handle @Rabite before he was suspended, is extensive.
IRC stands for “Internet Relay Chat,” an old method for people to instant message online.
“Weev doesn’t talk to me much anymore, but we talk about the racism whenever he does,” she continued. “My door is open when he, or anyone, wants to talk, but we’re talking about the stupidity of racism and the people in my life know that to be true.”
In response to criticism of a retweet that used the n-word, Norton wrote that it was sarcasm.
“Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us,” he said. “Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.”