In the last few days here at Always Catholic Blog we have been working pretty much on one issue: Cyberstalking & criminal harrassment of one of our own, Greg W. Howard. As we told you yesterday in our Home page post, Greg has been viciously stalked, criminally harrassed & threatened on Twitter. We have assisted in a Twitter campaign in our small way to help tweet out to Twitter execs the seriousness of this problem.
Today we were very blessed to get Greg himself to sit down with me to do an interview explaining what he has been through, what you could be going through next and what we all can do about it.
The bottom line here is, what can we expect from online companies in the way of protection and a safe and sane environment? Apparently not much if you read Greg’s article about Twitter yesterday here at ACBlog. Twitter seems to take a hands off attitude and basically tells tweeters to fend for themselves that they do not mediate content. Well, it seems they identify themselves as exactly that–a company that provides content. Now, if they are indeed a content provider, then Twitter has to make even a small attempt at preventing a tragedy.
In this day and age of past horrific incidents as a result of online services and scary people hurting good people, we then must take the reins and demand that Twitter protect their registered users. If a young lady with a roadside lemonade stand can be shut down for not having a business license and the $120 bucks to payoff the town, then doesn’t it stand to reason that a tremendously successful mega-business like Twitter has to hold some responsibility in the online arena?
In the late 1700’s early 1800’s the salon,(usually someone of royal class or the priviledged class’s sitting room) was the Twitter of the day. Those considered intellectuals would meet in various salons to discuss the trending topics. The art of conversation was just that–an art. there wasn’t bullying, stalking or threats. Citizens acted within society’s standards and etiquette. Ethics was de rigueur, no one would dare break the code of ethics; particularly libel or slander.
Please listen to this interview very carefully…this could be you next that Greg is describing…
Ad majorem Dei gloriam,
Interview with Greg W. Howard
UPDATE: PLEASE FLOOD @TWITTER & EXECS AT TWITTER.COM TO STOP THE CYBERBULLYING OF @GREGWHOWARD!
CEO OF TWITTER: EVAN WILLIAMS TWITTER NAME: @ev & BLOG : http://evhead.com/
HEAD OF SAFETY & TRUST AT TWITTER: DEL HARVEY TWITTER NAME: @delbius