Via The Daily Mail
Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused Twitter of ‘not doing enough’ to combat abusive tweets on the social networking site after he was targeted by internet trolls.
Police confirmed on Tuesday night they were investigating a series of offensive messages directed at the ex-England striker after the pundit suggested Liverpool striker Luis Suarez cheated by diving during Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.
Collymore retweeted some of the abuse he has received since the match – three days ago – to his 503,000 followers as he called on Twitter to take action.
He wrote: ‘In the last 24 hours I’ve been threatened with murder several times, demeaned on my race, and many of these accounts are still active. Why?
‘I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic/sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK.’
He added later: ‘Several Police forces have been fantastic. Twitter haven’t. Dismayed.’ Continue Reading….
Stan Collymore is right! Twitter really does not do enough to shut these loser trolls down.
I have come across many a Twitter troll over the years and have had to take matters in to my own hands most of the time. This usually involves me giving as good as I get (sorry sometimes you just have to hahahaha) which always seems to take the troll by surprise. I also retweet their nonsense.
Then this is when the fear sets in. Before you know it the cowards have removed all evidence of offensive tweets on their timelines and then silence.
On the odd occasion I have reported trolls to Twitter for vile racist abuse and received the following response:
We’ve investigated the account and reported Tweets for abusive behavior, and have found that it’s currently not violating the TwitterRules (https://twitter.com/rules).
If someone feels personally threatened, or if you believe the content you are reporting is prohibited in your local jurisdiction, please contact your local authorities with the information you provided to us. You can point local law enforcement to our Law Enforcement Guidelines here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/41949.
I can only think of one occasion when Twitter’ suspended’ an account for abuse but that suspension did not last for long.
Twitter only tackles the problem when a high profile individual receives abuse and it catches the attention of mainstream media outlets.
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