Twitter user Greg W. Howard is a profligate user of the communications medium known as Twitter. (To you Libs, that means he Tweets a LOT.) And, being a Conservative (and a very prominent conservative at that) he gets slammed by the Lefties – a LOT.
So he’s written to Twitter about the slamming; which is not just limited to death threats, foul language, and generalized uncivilized behavior. There’s also the photoshopping his name onto racist tweets and such, too.
Twitter’s response; Form Letters, and more form letters. He even got a form letter in response to his blog post HERE
Sad. Like the way AOL became the same kind of cesspool years ago, so goes Twitter, Greg wonders?
In recent months, a disturbing trend has been emerging where a small percentage of users have grown increasingly bold in their attacks on other users. These attacks may include outright slander, libel and defamation. At times, the attacks contain overt references to sexual or other bodily function activity in the most graphic and vulgar of terms. The attackers will also resort to posting links within messages appearing to be news and opinion tweets in which the links go to graphic pornographic or scatalogic images. Finally, the last method of attack so to create faked retweets of messages from users in which overtly racial (including use of the “N” word), pornographic, or graphic sexual activity is falsely attributed to the target of the attack.
Twitter does not have any stated minimum age for users in its Terms of Service, unlike Facebook and other services. Therefore, not only are the attacks being seen by all users of Twitter, they are being seen in many cases by users under the age of 18. Video games and movies contain ratings that bar inappropriate material to minors. Twitter has become a free-fire zone where nearly anything goes. It should be rated NC-17 based on the content that is appearing more and more frequently. Users of Twitter may expect to see the “N” word used with disturbing regularity as a means to attack another. Users should also prepare themselves to hear discussions and see images of explosive diarrhea, images of gay orgies imbedded in tweets supposedly about White House Easter egg hunts, see open and graphically vulgar sexual activity being offered or used as abuse, and anything else that may come to mind of the cyberbullies.
Twitter’s official stance is to do nothing unless the activity falls within a very narrow range of proscribed activities. In essence, Twitter condones the activity and makes no effort to control it or shield users from the attacks of other users.
Can’t say I disagree, or that my own experiences have been any different.
Judge for yourself. Pay attention to the form letter from Twitter Customer Service in the comments section, too.