Twitter is taking action against internet bullies after Robin Williams’ daughter quit Twitter this week.
Williams’ daughter left the social network after she was harassed following her father’s death.
Zelda Williams received taunting messages from anonymous users who sent her grisly, photo-shopped images of her father.
In response, Twitter issued the following statement:
“We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue. We are in process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one.”
Zelda Williams responded on her blog by saying:
My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare,” she said.
“My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
“To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too
“As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”