Sunday, May 31, 2015

Why Do I Block Twitter Anti Homeopathy Trolls?

Why do I block Twitter homeopathy trolls? Because I'm fed up with the insults. And, this direct message to me from a new Twitter user concerned me even more. For obvious security reasons, I have blocked the user name and logo in the image.

I tweet about homeopathy on Twitter. I am not a homeopath. I am a patient. A group of anti-homeopathy people who disagree with my health care choice have used it to label me, among other things, as

...    a liar, a charlatan, a hag, an idiot, fucking hateful scum, an ass, an imbecile, an ANUS horribilis, a disgusting vulture, a filthy cunt, a prize cunt, a bored hateful old lady, a vile harridan, a fraud, a gutless bitch, an ignoramus, a stupid vicious woman, a cretin, an arsehole, brown stain panty (my twitter handle is BrownBagPantry), and a slimeball. One homeopathy troll @medtek went a bit further by implying (after I tweeted that my dentist is also a homeopath) that she “must have rotten teeth.” Another tweet by the same person, around that same time period, said that I had a "boyfriend". News to me.

I've started two hash tag threads on Twitter #homeopathytrolls and #twitterbullies for others who have also been subjected to this intimidation and want to share the experience. To reply to the insult(s) just type something like "sending this to #twitterbullies and/or #homeopathytrolls, then click on "reply"

Additionally, if you would like to report this behavior (thereby perhaps saving other homeopathy supporters the insults), Twitter has made the process very easy to do. You can use THIS LINK to alert Twitter support and BLOCK them from tweeting you at the same time. The only good anti homeopathy skeptic is one you have blocked and reported. Twitter support has its hands full to be sure. Perhaps this approach will allow the people who have been insulted to at least vent their frustrations as I am doing now. As Martha Stewart would say: "It's a good thing."

Why should Twitter become a place that allows users who have different opinions to hurl caustic insults? Could it not be stopped by implementing & APPLYING stronger terms of use guidelines?