Twitter Isn't Doing Enough About Leslie Jones' Racist Trolls

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Image: Getty

In a perfect world, Leslie Jones would’ve spent her Monday celebrating the release of her new childhood-ruining movie, Ghostbusters: Attack of the Feminmiminismsists, but instead she’s putting up with some bullshit on Twitter. Monday night, Jones exposed and called out the insanely racist abuse she’s been receiving.

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(God, I hope so too.)

These alt-right troll ass motherfuckers are even co-opting the formerly good “Dicks Out For Harambe” meme as a way to harass her.

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To the people who would say something as myopic as “don’t read the comments,” Jones has a response for that too:

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Twitter is notoriously bad at dealing with abuse; it is, however, diligently removing the racist tweets that Jones is calling out, probably because she’s a celebrity. Jones rightly points out that it still isn’t enough, calling attention to the larger culture of permissible abuse on Twitter.

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Twitter allowing so much racist—and while we’re at it, sexist—bullshit to remain on their site makes it a breeding ground for abusive content. If the landscape of Twitter continues to be this unbearably shitty for women of color, the site will alienate (and ultimately lose) users like Jones.

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We’ve reached out to Twitter for comment and will update this post when they respond.

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Update July 19, 5:33pm: Twitter responded to the AP:

“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,” said a spokesperson for Twitter.

“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.”

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Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.

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donewiththissite
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Odd that Gawker media didn’t have a problem with the hate being thrown at the idiot Christian woman talking about vaginas:

http://jezebel.com/a-tweet-of-two…

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say that idiots are free to say whatever they want and get all the hate they deserve on twitter.

Your article points out that Twitter is responding and removing the bad tweets as they are called out. That’s the process. I’m not sure what else you’d expect. They have the tools to report it, they respond and remove them. POC are the ones attacked on twitter. Every human who is different is attacked for any variety of reasons, that’s the Internet, that’s the way it’s been designed. Whether that’s fortunate or unfortunate is only for time to tell.