Ashley Judd says she’s had it with Twitter trolls who make social media an unsafe place with violent threats after she was attacked for expressing her opinion about a basketball game on Twitter.
She is pressing charges.
“Everybody needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to persist”, Judd said.
Judd, an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan who never misses March Madness games, told MSNBC earlier today that her tweet to the effect of “I think Arkansas is playing dirty” was met with obscenities and sexually laced threats.
Twitter trolls and sports recently clashed in another high-profile social media fight involving Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling who tracked down some of the men who sent sexually menacing tweets to his daughter after he congratulated her on joining her college’s softball team.
One man was fired from his part-time job with the New York Yankees for his offending Twitter remarks aimed at Schilling’s daughter.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admitted in a February memo that Twitter has an abysmal record for cracking down on abusive tweets.
“We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years,” Costolo wrote.
Starting today, Twitter rolled out a new feature the company says will make the process of reporting abusive tweets to law enforcement more seamless. The site will now email a report that can be shared with law enforcement after a user reports an abusive tweet.
“While we take threats of violence seriously and will suspend responsible accounts when appropriate, we strongly recommend contacting your local law enforcement if you’re concerned about your physical safety,” Twitter says.
Twitter trolling is nothing we here at Breitbart Unmasked haven’t experienced before. Indeed, we have reported on the curious case of Brian Glicklich who is paid $900 an hour to troll advocates of #StopRush, an activist group that works to convince Limbaugh’s advertisers to divest themselves of his show. Bill Schmalfeldt, a former editor and writer here at BU, is plagued and beset by Twitter trolls on a daily basis as has Matt Osborne (our editor in chief) and of course this reporter has been the target of trolls on several occasions because of our beliefs that Brett Kimberlin has the right to be left alone and forgotten.