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August 15, 2014

Twitter Changes Policies After Daughter of Robin Williams Harassed

Twitter has vowed to crack down on bullies using its social network.

The move comes after several Twitter and Instagram users sent the daughter of Robin Williams hurtful messages, including blaming her for the actor’s recent death by suicide.

Facebook photo — Zelda Williams with father Robin Williams.

Facebook photo — Zelda Williams with father Robin Williams.

Zelda Williams was accused of driving her comedian father to hang himself and one Twitter user even posted doctored pictures of Robin Williams with bruises on his neck.

The 25-year-old Zelda Williams told the Washington Post, she would not go on Twitter or Instagram again for a “good long time.”

She requested her social network followers ask Twitter to block two accounts responsible for the majority of the hurtful tweets.

Twitter has since removed those accounts and said it would be updating its policies to address the incident and prevent similar abuse from occurring in the future.

“We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter,” Twitter vice-president of trust and safety Del Harvey said in a statement.

“We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”

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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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