Yesterday, Leslie Jones reminded us that the internet is full of trolls by retweeting a ton of racist garbage that was thrown her way. Just like Leslie, I also didn’t understand why the trolls were getting a throbbing hate erection from tweeting racist shit at Leslie. Were they all part-time magicians who were super pissed off that Ghostbusters beat Now You See Me 2 at the box office last weekend? Or maybe they were just racist trolls who wanted to troll. Probably the second one.
Leslie eventually got sick of shoveling the racism and quit Twitter. Many came to her defense and got the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ trending. Chrissy Teigen tweeted at Twitter and asked how long it was going to take for them to clean up the trolls. If Taylor Swift can get Instagram to delete all the snake emojis from her comments, you’d think Twitter would move just as fast to shut down all of Leslie’s trolls. Well, according to Twitter, they’re working on it.
AP says that Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey reached out to Leslie last night on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson also released this statement.
This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others. We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.
If only there was a way Twitter could send a copy of a troll’s racist tweets to their mom. I’m pretty sure that getting an angry call from their mother asking “Is this what you do all night in the basement?? Send rude, racist messages to famous people?? Get your ass up here RIGHT NOW” would scare a lot of trolls straight.