Yesterday was always going to be a hard day for me, what with worry about the Welfare Reform Bill & the anniversary of being assaulted. By lunchtime however it got much worse.
I blogged about meeting my friend with ME and the battles she is facing to get any help or support from DWP or the local council, in terms of DLA, care etc.
I decided to raise awareness by sending it to Sue Marsh, one of the co-authors of the Spartacus Report. Sue RT-d it and initial feedback was that there was a lot of sympathy & empathy with her situation.
Unfortunately Sue was being followed by a troll, who replied to me and said he was sorry my daughter was a “r*****” – you can guess the word. I RTd by mistake & then replied with one word “BLOCKED”.
Bit of a mistake on my part. All sorts of abuse followed and any of my lovely followers who replied to him, got more of the same.
The more responses he got, the more he seemed to enjoy it & he commented to a follower about “good fishing” or something. I was reminded of a vampire enjoying his feed.
He even changed his profile to “enjoying f***ing my autistic daughter”.
Lessons I have learnt from this:
Ignore, block & report: these people are cowards, hiding behind a false id.
The more shocked you appear, the more they enjoy it.
Do NOT reply, that then gives them access to your followers, even if you have already blocked.
By the evening, trolls seemed to be appearing left, right & centre.
So, yesterday, I was shown the best and the worst side of Twitter. Thanks to those of you who “had my back”.
The troll seems to be targetting a new group today. I’d like to say I hope he’s removed soon but there are plenty more to take his place.
We’re better than them.
(postscript on 11th February – after a petition to remove him and many many reports & blocks, he seems to have gone from Twitter – good)