witter has finally responded to Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones .
On Monday Leslie announced she was quitting Twitter with “tears and a very sad heart” after being targeted by “sick” trolls.
The actress and comedian – who joins Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in the reboot of the 1980s classic blockbuster – struggled to defend herself against the racist abuse she received – including comparisons to Harambe the gorilla – after a fake account in her name began posting equally hateful messages.
She also pleaded with Twitter to help stop the abuse, writing: “Twitter I understand you got free speech I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let spread like that.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey then responded directly to Leslie, saying: “Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment.”
@Lesdoggg Hi Leslie, following, please DM me when you have a moment
— Jack (@jack) July 19, 2016
Twitter also released a statement about Leslie and cyber bullying.
“This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others,” it read.
“We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”
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Yesterday, an account bearing the same Twitter handle as Leslie and using her profile picture – although noticeably WITHOUT the verified blue tick – caused some confusion when it began posting and retweeting on the actress’ behalf.
“uncleTom f** @nero needs to get his racist ss out my mentions. S*** liek dis make me think that we need to gas dese goddamn f***** to death,” read one tweet from the fake account.
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Leslie was quick to notice the apparent hack and screenshotted the post, with a caption: “THIS WAS NOT ME!! OK TWITTER IM DONE!! IF YALL CAN LET THIS S*** HAPPEN I DONT WANT TO BE HERE. I DID NOT POST THIS.”
The actress – who appears in the new Ghostbusters reboot – appealed to fans to help shut down the fake account.
“Please help me find this fake Acct posting the most awful s*** in my name. Help!,” wrote Leslie.
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Following the posts – which some fans realised were lacking the “celebrity credibility” – the 48-year-old wrote: “I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It should be like this. So hurt right now.”
Another tweet read: “I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s*** I got today…wrong”
@SallyBakerCake @Lesdoggg Wheres your celebrity credibility? Right, you have none. Take several seats.
— Lauren Adele (@vvangsta) July 19, 2016
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