Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why Twitter Is An Asshat (Or, No Kudos For Finally Getting Shit Right)

By now, I'm sure most of you have heard about the horrible social media bullying that Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda Williams, endured after her father's death. The bullying was cruel and inhumane, perpetuated by some truly sick and disgusting people.

Twitter has since "vowed" to improve its policies regarding bullying on its site since the harassment of Zelda Williams. Looks good on paper, right? Some of you may be thinking, "Oh, the company saw a problem and stepped up to fix it! Good for them."

Hold up there, cowboys. It's not like that at all.

You see, Twitter already had a huge bullying and abuse problem that they failed to do anything about. Apparently, us regular folk aren't important enough to matter in the grand scheme of things. I'm talking some truly horrific bullying went on, with Twitter's knowledge, and Twitter did exactly dick about it.

This article talks about three women who received rape and death threats on Twitter. You'll notice the article was dated over a year ago. Twitter knew these incidences were happening, and did absolutely nothing to stop them.

And this is less than a fraction of a percent of the abuse perpetrated by bullies on Twitter every single day, and who have been perpetrating the abuse for years. Twitter, despite the reports of the abuse, refused to investigate and take action. Instead, Twitter actually condoned the bullying and abuse by its inaction and passive allowance of it continuing.

So no, we should not give kudos to Twitter for finally doing the right thing. We should be demanding a public apology for this outrage. Because you see, it wasn't the reports of thousands of users being bullied that did the trick, it was a celebrity's daughter's harassment that did the trick. Apparently, Twitter's view is that we peons deserve to get shit on, but a high-profile individual is the one who deserves protection.

And if that isn't a judgment on your worth that doesn't get you steaming pissed, I don't know what will.

Had Twitter stepped up to the damn plate to begin with, Zelda Williams would not have had to endure the abuse she did. Thousands of other users wouldn't have had to endure the abuse they've taken. But no, Twitter's regard for people like you and me is such that we are unimportant in every way, serving only as a base audience that Twitter can sell advertising space for.

Do not thank Twitter for doing what it should have been doing all along. And do not think for one second that Twitter gives a damn about its users. If Zelda Williams hadn't gotten bullied, we'd be stuck in the same place, people getting death threats, rape threats, and all other kinds of abuse because none of the victims was high profile enough for Twitter to give a damn.

You're an asshat, Twitter. One colossal asshat.

1 comment:

  1. You are 100% correct Elise! It is bad enough that there is rampant bullying in schools (and has been ever since I was in school back in the 40s and 50s) about which nothing is ever done. To allow it on social-media is ridiculous...why doesn't Twitter, et al, just shut down the accounts of those who do the bullying? You are right...they just don't care about the little people!