Saturday, 27 July 2013

Silence of the Ma'ams

It has been brought to my attention today that the women of Twitter are looking to be quiet online on the 4th of August to protest against trolls.

Being silent to protest against being silenced? 

No, I'm not feeling that at all. 

Yes, the abuse that has been thrown at Carolina Criado-Perez is DISGUSTING. No PERSON should ever be treated the way she has been or tweeted the level of threats that she has been tweeted, but then to go silent on purpose? Even for just 24 hours? 

How is that going to stop the abuse? Does that not show in a way that people can be silenced?

And for those people saying it is being done to teach Twitter that women cannot be trolled and they have to put in place a better system to protect against abuse? Do you really think Twitter cares about anything we do? 

(I purposely haven't used the word "women" here as I have seen abuse thrown by BOTH sexes) 

I would really like to hear what you all think about this. 

Personally I WILL be tweeting on August 4th. (And 5th, 6th, 7th and.... Oh you get the idea) 

NO-ONE can silence me. 

How about you? 

Let me know. 

Big Fashionista x x 


  1. I agree with you completely! Surely by being silent it's giving the trolls what they want?! And we need to give the trolls back what they give out! And I truly believe Twitter won't give a fuck if women tweet or not. If Twitter cared about it's users it would make reporting those who are abused easier!

  2. Twitter will care if enough do it. Twitter is a data company. No tweets, no data. No data, no revenue. Imagine if twitter, even for just a day, became a place where only bullies and trolls shout into the void. Would look like a different, damaged place, huh? And it isn't just a female boycott that's proposed. It's for everyone to stand up to these numbskulls. One day, ain't perfect. But it's a start.

    1. Enough people won't do it though, even if Justin Bieber asked all his fans to do it, it would still be a mere drop in the ocean, I for one would rather make NOISE at twitter to make them accountable than be silenced. Even by choice.

    2. that's a good point made by Fear and Loving It but if women (only) don't tweet, it doesn't mean it will exclusively be full of trolls and bullies. Excuse the irony of me posting anonymously but I'll be tweeting on the 4th, not as an act of protest, I'll be tweeting if and when I feel like it.

  3. I'll continue to tweet on the 4th and might even tweet more than usual. Why? Because of every bloody troll who has silenced someone into submission and taken their own voice from them. We need to speak out against trolls, not hold a silent protest.

  4. It's ridiculous, millions of users on twitter, a few thousand (maybe) will not tweet, I don't suppose twitter will even notice, I'll be tweeting as normal, and reporting any threats to twitter and the police, just like normal.

  5. To me, the best use of silence is against the trolls themselves. They feed off the hurt they're trying to cause, so by denying them that, but continuing to use your own personal right of free speech, there's only ever going to be one winner.

  6. it's ridiculous and weak, and achieves NOTHING. It's an easy way for people to feel like they are doing something, Emily Davidson would be ashamed.

  7. It seems to defeat the purpose of a protest tbh. I can't imagine it will achieve anything. Better to relentlessly tweet a hashtag or something to gain Twitter's attention than switch off for a day. They make enough money that a little dip in usage won't make the slightest bit of difference to them.

  8. What a backwards way of doing things! :/
    I agree completely with what you said, being silent really isn't the way to show you can't be silenced..

    Jess xo

  9. Seems like a silly plan to me. I'll still be tweeting!

  10. In some ways I don't want to be on twitter at the moment. But I won't be driven off. So I'll use it as and when I want to, how I want to. And no, I won't be going silent because anyone else thinks I should.

  11. If they weren't threatening it twitter wouldn't be buzzing about it, and bloggers wouldn't be rushing to write about it. In terms of awareness raising I'd say it was mission accomplished. I'm happy to view it as a great start, but as campaigns so often go, there is an will be more to come. If people view it as looking for a simple solution then of course it's unlikely, in a silo, to resolve all abuse on twitter. But then there aren't really simple solutions. As a metaphorical and symbolic stance it's absolutely appropriate. Indeed it's ironic that by threatening silence, when that is the aim of abusers, they are making so much noise. Good on them, and if it doesn't suit others who strongly believe what is happening is wrong, let them take their own stance. Except chances are, they won't.

  12. Totally agree with you. Going silent won't do a thing to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

    The reporting abuse process needs to be simpler and people need to stop feeding the trolls, engaging them in conversation fuels their needs and keeps 'em going, likewise when the trolls are retweed, we are giving them what they want!

  13. It reminds me of when I suggested a one minute silence for praying for Healing4Kerry. I was REALLY glad when her hubby said NO, shout from the rooftops and EAT CHOCOLATE.

    There are times to be silent and times when it is NOT the right thing to do.

    100% agree with you. It may work if enough did it though, but would they?



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