Twitter is cracking down on cyberbullies after Robin Williams's daughter, Zelda, was harassed and run off the social networking site.
The 25-year-old actress and writer suspended her Twitter and Instagram accounts after online trolls bombarded her with hateful comments.
"We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, said in a statement. "We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users."
Zelda was targeted for not posting enough pictures of her father; several trolls sent graphic photoshopped images along with crude remarks.
I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 13, 2014
"I will be leaving this account for a [sic] but while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends," she posted on Instagram late Tuesday night. "Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies'.
"I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too," she continued. "That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo."
Robin was found dead inside his home in northern California on Monday. He hanged himself.
In a statement released by the late actor's widow, Susan Schneider, knocked down reports that Williams fell off the wagon prior to his suicide. However, she did confirm that he battled with depression and anxiety, as well as the early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.