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5/2016: I retold my stepmom's story of how Trump flew into a rage when she rejected his advances at a Miss USA pageant

The responses I got👇
Yep, that's Weev (Andrew Auernheimer) from the Daily Stormer calling me a "degenerate lying whore."

"[I'm] your worst nightmare if you don't watch your mouth."
"It's not rape if Trump does it."
"It's #AltRight b*tch. Get the sh*t straight #Feminist C*nt"

And to be clear: This happened when I had 1K followers at the most. @Twitter ignored this because they could.
Yes, I realize some of these accounts are now suspended... SEVENTEEN MONTHS LATER. At the time, @Twitter ignored it
This guy --> @MikeRotondo86 was still on @Twitter 5+ months after harassing & threatening me. His alter-account is *still* active.
To be clear: The tweet where he posted my pic is a screenshot I took in May 2016. It's not from 8 seconds ago.
I'm going to add a few quick thoughts/observations about online harassment to the thread I wrote yesterday...
1. I know @Twitter can't stop every incident of harassment or threatening behavior. But they *can* learn from the incidents they don't stop.
2. One of the problems with @Twitter's current policies is that users/accounts are largely viewed in isolation, not as part of a network.
3. But much (most?) online harassment is not just the action of an individual - it's the actions of a network of people working together.
4. Let's say you have 20 accounts harassing 1 user. Maybe only 2 of those accounts explicitly violate Twitter's terms of service...
5. So the other 18 accounts are engaging in coordinated harassment, but not explicitly threatening/doxxing the targeted user.
6. All 20 of those accounts engaged in targeted harassment. Only 2 would end up being banned/suspended (maybe). What about the other 18?
7. It works the other way, too: Networks of users get together & mass report someone just so they can get them kicked off Twitter.
8. Then you have people like Roger Stone, who regularly engage in targeted harassment & abusive behavior on Twitter. And they're still here.
9. Again, I know these problems aren't easy. There isn't a quick or simple solution. But @Twitter needs to look at these patterns & networks
10. Treating online harassment & abuse as isolated incidents resulting from the actions of individual users is not going to solve this.
11. It's not that hard to study patterns of user activity & identify networks. I do it. I'm one person. I don't have @Twitter's resources.
12. Most of all, I'm asking @jack/@TwitterSupport to listen; to listen to all of us who've experienced harassment/abuse on this platform.
13. If you listened to us, we would be able to tell you why many of Twitter's proposed solutions for harassment/abuse end up failing.
14. Basically, Twitter offers us "tools" to help manage our exposure to harassment, instead of developing strategies to stop the harassment.
15. Many of these "tools"are used against the very people they're supposed to help (e.g., trolls coordinating to mass report a victim).
16. And then there's the issue of how Twitter responds to users w/ few followers vs. users w/ large followings or blue check marks.
17. There have been countless incidents of Twitter ignoring reports of abuse & then suddenly responding after public pressure/scrutiny.
18. It shouldn't matter if the target of abuse has 100 followers or 1 million followers, nor if they have a blue check mark or not.
19. And it shouldn't take bad publicity to motivate Twitter to enforce their own rules about harassment and abuse.
20. This July 2017 statement kind of says it all: Twitter doesn't even think they're responsible for defining abuse on their own platform.
21. As @cwarzel writes in this piece, Twitter's anti-harassment tools are still a “largely cosmetic solution.”…

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Holy. Shit.
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