Rantings of a sub-editor

October 20, 2010

Twitter twat

Filed under: bad things — substuff @ 10:36 am
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Not a post about grammar, words, or even office bitchery. Nope.

This one is about a nasty event that happened on Twitter this morning. I would report it to Twitter, but apparently a threat is only classified as a threat if it has:

  • Specificity (time and location where violent event is said to take place)
  • Physicality (description of what is to take place physically)
  • Violence (the event described intended to do harm)
  • I can’t meet these criteria, and neither can I block the individual in question. In order to do that, I need to be able to access his profile – and I can’t. Whether this is because he has already blocked me (so the harasser gets to block the harassee and the harassee can’t reciprocate?) or because Twitter isn’t quite working properly at the moment, I don’t know.

    This is what happened:

    substuff Cathy: My nostrils are ON FIRE but I can’t stop eating wasabi peas. (I know, I know, profound stuff.)

    asko_b Andreas: RT @substuff My nostrils are ON FIRE but I can’t stop eating wasabi peas. << I do prefer to hear: “My Pussy is on Fire!”

    substuff Cathy: @asko_b Err… a) who the fuck are you? and b) you can fuck RIGHT off! (Well, I never professed to be a lady.)

    asko_b Andreas: If you always reply in that manner you shouldn’t be astonished about anything that happens to you @substuff – “my” appreciated colleague.

    substuff Cathy: Pretty sure @asko_b (who I do not know and have never met or spoken to) just threatened me. Wtf?

    asko_b Andreas:  Addittional to say that I wasn’t talking about your “P…y” @substuff.

    I know nothing about asko_b – never heard of him before. His profile merely tells me that he’s German (I think) and he really likes lederhosen.

    So… just putting this here in case “anything happens to me” on the way home, y’know.

     
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    10 Comments »

    1. Jeez, is this guy for real?! He looking like he should be yodelling on the mountains with his goats.

      Cyber ‘verbal’ abuse really does need to be taken more seriously.

      Comment by Louise — October 20, 2010 @ 10:51 am | Reply

      • Who knows! Very odd. Apart from anything else, why would you want your colleagues etc to see you behaving like that? Bizarre.

        Comment by substuff — October 20, 2010 @ 11:24 am | Reply

    2. That’s mild compared to some of the abuse I’ve had thrown at me on the net. Not being able to block people from viewing your twitter (no entendre intended asko) is a flaw though.

      Comment by kate — October 20, 2010 @ 11:29 am | Reply

    3. This is your man: http://www.netvibes.com/askowronek#Allgemein

      Unless, of course, it isn’t – following all the links reveals Andreas to have two different Twitter profiles, which may mean one of them is an imposter.

      Rule 1 of web twattery: ignore all web twattery. They go away…

      Comment by Freelance Unbound — October 20, 2010 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

    4. Well he clearly is a cock (a very small cock to judge by those lederhosen) and best ignored. Not sure he was threatening you, though. He just seemed to be justifying his previous smut on the fact that you swore at home. Ignore him and he’ll go away. He also seems to be following your Twitter through a mutual friend of yours – Chie Elliott, aka Orangeblossom – so maybe ask her about him.

      The internet is full of jerks like him. I’ve had worse: after writing a joke about Sachin Tendulkar on my cricket blog, I had several death threats and one kind offer to anally rape me if I ever set foot in India. Best to just ignore these sort of people. Does prove that Twitter is evil, though

      Comment by Paddy — October 20, 2010 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

      • OrangeBlossomer is me. I have already had a private conversation with @substuff about Andreas S., so I won’t air my opinions here. And Andreas has also written to me to ask for “my support”, but I turned it down as I didn’t think it was appropriate behaviour either. I’m sure he meant to be friendly and funny but it backfired completely.

        As always, when English is not your first language, jokes can translate badly and end up sounding insulting, when they’re not meant to be that way. But the Pussy comment was a bit too risque to send to a stranger on Twitter, even if it was a quote from a film, as he later told me. He just made it worse by joking with “threats”.

        I think he owes Cathy an apology for the rudeness, and I’ve told him so.

        Comment by Chie — October 20, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

        • Hmm… a quick Google suggests it isn’t a quote from any film I’d recommend to a friend…

          Really sorry that you got mixed up in this, Chie. 😦

          Comment by substuff — October 20, 2010 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    5. Apology received:
      asko_b Andreas
      Sorry @substuff if I´ve made u feeling uncomfortable! Just a quote from the movie “hell riders” that was meant as a joke.

      Comment by substuff — October 21, 2010 @ 9:04 am | Reply

    6. Was anyone else astonished that within hours of someone receiving a random tweet, the journos had tracked the tweeter down? Good going, guys!

      Comment by Pat — October 26, 2010 @ 9:22 am | Reply

      • Hehe. Nothing is private, these days, which can be both a good and bad thing!

        Comment by substuff — October 26, 2010 @ 3:44 pm | Reply


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