I love Miley Cyrus just as much as the next person, but the way she uses Twitter has never failed to flabbergast me. She's deleted her account (via horrible rap) only to return to the social media site some months later, and has since insisted on engaging with and even fighting back against some really rude followers. Now, I've always chalked this up to a generation thing -- after all the 19-year-old is about one thousand years younger than I am. Still, Miley, don't you know it's better to just ignore these losers?
The latest controversy on her Twitter account is much more serious in nature: The star recently received a death threat, which I can only imagine was incredibly scary. Still, I think Miley reacted in a really odd way ...
Just before the Oscars on Sunday, Miley received a harassing tweet from user @TheCyrusSlut saying they wished the singer/actress dead because she "dresses like white trash" and is "so f*cking hideous." Ugh. Awful right? But instead of ignoring the disgusting tweet, Miley shot back with: "That saddens me. Im surrounded by love Im sorry 4 whatever happened 2 make u so bitter." THEN, she decided to take a stand against Twitter:
I wont tolerate someone telling me 2 die. I think Twitter needs to take some responsibility and make it a safe environment.
Doesn't blaming Twitter seem misplaced in this instance? If Miley is receiving threats that she believes to be dangerous, then she needs to call the police immediately! If Twitter refuses to cooperate, THEN maybe accusing it of not providing a safe environment would make more sense. But the whole point of the site is for users (sometimes anonymously) to interact with other users, and everyone knows exactly what you are getting into when you sign up. There are some security measures in place -- blocking and reporting spam, requesting someone not impersonate you, etc. -- that aim to keep users safe. But Twitter shouldn't own all the responsibility if one of its users takes the interaction too far.
Miley continually puts herself out there and has almost five million Twitter followers. Surely, there are going to be some bad apples in the bunch, and engaging with the rotten ones is a really bad idea. If Miley feels unsafe on Twitter, she needs to stop feeding the trolls and maybe even get off Twitter. It wouldn't be my first choice, but it seems pretty cut and dry to me.
Do you wish Twitter was safer?
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