Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Twitter and reporting abuse

You know, I've released that in order to bring content to this blog, all I need to do is subscribe to Change.Org, because the amount of shit which gets strewn into my inbox from that site is insurmountable.

Anyway, I'd like to draw your attention to this:

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/twitter-add-a-report-abuse-button-to-tweets?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=30126&alert_id=rAqEauaCCT_BQviOApRzQ

First I'd like to point out that I find it utterly hilarious that they shut down this woman's account. Granted, it may have not been the best decision on their behalf, but it tickled the irony gland pretty well, (we have one of those, right?)

Anyway, this is the bit that really got me:

"The report abuse button needs to be accompanied by Twitter reviewing the T&C on abusive behaviour to reflect an awareness of the complexity of violence against women, and the multiple oppressions women face."

"To reflect an awareness of the complexity of violence against women,"

Wait, wait. This woman was given rape threats via the internet, and suddenly this is a Violence against Women problem? Sorry, I only counted ONE WOMAN. Surely that makes this a "Violence" problem.

Oh wait, threats aren't even violent by definition. Here's the definition of violence:

"Behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something."

"Physical Force" pretty much sums it up. You can't be physical over the internet.

So this has nothing to do with Women, and nothing to do with Violence. Jeeeeeeeeez, these buzzwords are really getting out of hand...

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