Miley Cyrus Reacts to Twitter Death Threat in Odd Way

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miley cyrusI 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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femal... femaleMIKE

Twitter is a freaking website.  It seems pretty safe to me.   People only know what you allow them to know.  They can't kill you on twitter.  However, if you put  your exact location on there people can use twitter to hurt you.


femal... femaleMIKE

i have a facebook account.

I never post where I am at.  I usually post things after the fact.  I barely put up pictures. My full name isn't even on my account.  I use a nickname and my maiden name so that jobs can't track me.

Stacey. Stacey.

I dont use social media, because i dont want people to have access to any of my info. Simple as that. Either like it or leave it, its not twitters job to babysit.

Runne... Runnergirl6

I like her response to the hateful commenter. Pretty classy imo.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

I think they could suspend or ban users for abusive language that's pretty typical.

dirti... dirtiekittie

i have a twitter, and you only know it's me if you're following me. she's famous, different aspect - but it's stupid. that's like telling the city of LA to stop having stalkers because you're famous and don't want to have stalkers. a bad apple can spoil the bunch, but a whiny baby with no sense of self-responsibility can be even more dangerous...

yazzy91 yazzy91

This is pretty stupid. She should be smart enough to just ignore it. Yea it's creepy but no one can syber kill you.

And twitter has nothing to do with it or can't really avoid it either. I mean anyone can come on any website make fake accounts and say rude things. Sucks but what can anyone really do? Nothing!

puasa... puasaurusrex

The problem isn't with Twitter. The problem is with the PARENTS of this person. Go read the tweets of their new Twitter Handle @cuntmiley (the old one was "hacked"), and it becomes obvious this is a pre-teen, teenage girl who only hates Miley Cyrus because she's a fan on Selena Gomez. It's apparently an ongoing war between the two groups of fans and they often tell each other to die or go f-themselves and say rude and insane things. Twitter isn't to blame, it's poor parenting.

Torra... TorranceMom

I wish Twitter would go away. What a waste of time.

Sidthe Sidthe

I think what she meant by that comment was to take the account offline-which websites can do. And I'm assuming death threats are an immediate account killer...

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