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8/5/13 at 04:36 PM 0 Comments

Twitter Confronts Abusive Commenter Problem

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Twitchy, the social media news site, often reports on death threats posted on Twitter. Last year Twitchy reported that opponents of Mitt Romney were posting death threats and the news site collected numerous threats tweeted against George Zimmerman.

Here is a sample of the abusive comments:

  • @ItaliannDoll tweeted, "Watching the Zimmerman Trial. If he don't get life ill kill him myself."
  • @Pretty__Vette tweeted, "Trayvon Martin need justice ! Gimme me tha pistol ill kill Zimmerman myself!"
  • @FATTREL tweeted, "SUMBODY MUST KILL ZIMMERMAN ASAP!!!!"

Many of the abusive tweeters have deleted their abusive tweets.

The next time a controversy arises, Twitter will be better prepared for the abuse. The social media site is adding a "report abuse" button. The button already shows up for some people accessing the service by cell phone. However, it still doesn't show up in my web browser.

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