Twitter vows to “improve our policies” after Robin Williams’

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Robin Williams’s daughter Zelda driven off Twitter by vicious trolls
By Caitlin Dewey
August 13, 2014

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In yet another demonstration of the Internet’s bottomless lows — and of Twitter’s still-uncontrolled abuse problems — Robin Williams’s daughter signed off Twitter for “a good long time” Tuesday night after receiving menacing messages from two trolls on the service.

I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 13, 2014


The trolls’ accounts, @PimpStory and @MrGoosebuster, have since been suspended by Twitter, but not before tweeting Photoshopped images of Williams that appeared to show him with bruises around his neck, as if he were in a morgue. @PimpStory also tweeted “look at what he … did to himself because of you” and called Zelda a “heartless b****.” That message was retweeted 21 times.

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A redacted screenshot of the tweet, from Topsy. (Topsy)
@pimpstory King of Savage Lake @MrGoosebuster @zeldawilliams look at what he [delete] did to himself because of you, you [delete] heartless [delete] http://t.co/b103pIHcPK

“Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please,” Zelda Williams wrote in a message she later deleted. “Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please.”

The messages represented a tiny minority of the tweets she received last night; per Topsy, an analytics service, thousands of well-wishers have tweeted their condolences to Williams’s daughter in the time since news of his death broke, and several dozen reported her abusers to Twitter.

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Freddy Noriega @elfredderino @ twitter HEY SOMEBODY OVER THERE!! ERASE THE ACCOUNTS OF @pimpstory and #mrgoosebuster. THEY ARE TERRORIZING @zelawilliams!!! DO IT NOW!!

But regardless of the support she received from followers, and the accounts’ eventual suspension, the incident demonstrates a painful, common criticism of Twitter and of the web, more generally: Women in the online eye, no matter how blameless, are constant targets for harassment and misogynistic abuse. According to one study from the University of Maryland, reported in Pacific Standard, the average female chatroom-user receives 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day; the average man receives fewer than four.

In fact — perhaps unsurprisingly — this wasn’t Zelda Williams’s first brush with Internet haters. The 25-year-old, who is an actress in her own right, maintains popular accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, where she has a combined 280,000 followers. In June, she posted an infuriated note to Tumblr titled “Dear Trolls,” which went on to defend against commenters who called her “a man in drag” and other slurs. As she notes:

Freedom of Speech is your right, but what you’ve misunderstood on your punch drunk mission to make being an insufferable [expletive] excusable is that it does NOT protect you from someone telling you you’re a racist, bigoted, bored [expletive] giddily looking for digital excitement beyond furiously masturbating and crying.


Both Twitter and Tumblr have responded to these problems; after a series of high-profile harassment cases last August, Twitter even added an in-tweet “report abuse” button to help victims flag harassment more easily. But as Williams pointed out, Twitter’s report process requires victims to fill out a detailed report on each incident, individually, which can be impractical when users receive many @-replies. The report-button fix has also not stopped calls for a technical solution that could head off hate speech before it’s sent, not after, kind of like a spam filter.

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I'm reporting an abusive user
(Twitter)


In either case, it still sadly seems like abuse and harassment are occupational hazards of being a woman on the Internet — regardless of how tragic, and sympathy-worthy, your circumstances.

“I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not,” Zelda Williams wrote on Instagram, minutes after the Twitter incident. “In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends.”

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Sheriff Dept.: Williams hanged himself
Lt. Keith Boyd of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Robin Williams was found by his assistant on the morning of Aug. 11. The comedian and actor had apparently hanged himself with a belt. (Reuters)


Caitlin Dewey is The Post’s digital culture critic. Follow her on Twitter @caitlindewey or subscribe to her daily newsletter on all things Internet. (tinyletter.com/cdewey)
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Re: Twitter vows to “improve our policies” after Robin Willi

Postby admin » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:53 am

Dear Trolls
by Zelda Williams
5TH JUN 2014

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I am not a ‘dyke’ or a 'yid’. I’m not a man in drag nor a failed abortion. What I AM is someone who doesn’t have to put up with someone else’s shit and 'take it’ like I keep being told. Sorry, despite how many times it’s parroted back at me from whichever other dipshit was heard saying it first, that is NOT my job, nor the job of any other human with a pair of lips and a middle finger.

But seen as the insults have gotten further and further from the truth, it would appear the majority of you are grasping for straws, so let me help with that oh so favored and misused 'comeback’ before it’s even been made:

Freedom of Speech is your right, but what you’ve misunderstood on your punch drunk mission to make being an insufferable asshat excusable is that it does NOT protect you from someone telling you you’re a racist, bigoted, bored prick giddily looking for digital excitement beyond furiously masturbating and crying. It does NOT protect you from someone calling you out for being the skidmark on everyone else’s otherwise pristine day. You, my dear little asshole, do not automatically get a free pass for leaking all over the rest of the world without warning, reason, or even logic when they don’t know you or care to know you.

I’m afraid the only thing it DOES protect you from, english speaking douchebags of the USA…

… is the government suing you for being one.
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zeldawilliams I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies'. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had.

My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they 'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together.
Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time.

Goodbye.
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