Twitter said it would fight harassment toward survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Twitter is battling ‘targeted abuse’ of Florida school shooting survivors

'Such behavior goes against everything we stand for at Twitter.'


Kris Seavers


Posted on Feb 21, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:03 am CDT

Twitter announced Wednesday that it’s working to derail “targeted abuse and harassment” toward survivors of the high school shooting that killed 17 people last week in Parkland, Florida.

Following the deadly attack, many of the surviving students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been outspoken via Twitter and other social media, calling for gun control measures and criticizing right-wing responses to the shooting. In return, the students have faced online harassment, abuse, and conspiracy theories.

Twitter said the harassment directed toward Parkland survivors “goes against everything we stand for at Twitter, and we are taking action on any content that violates our terms of service.”

The social media giant added that it’s using anti-spam tools to “weed out malicious automation around these individuals and the topics they are raising,” such as calls for gun control. Some survivors’ Twitter accounts have also been verified to help combat harassment.

One of the students who has been most vocal after the attack, David Hogg, has been accused of being an FBI plant, a crisis actor, and most recently a felon. Conservatives have pushed the theories via Reddit and YouTube.

Twitter’s announcement regarding Parkland survivors came hours after the social media company purged bot accounts and tightened its rules to crack down on fake accounts.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Feb 21, 2018, 9:45 pm CST