Is Someone Bullying You On Twitter?

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Is someone bullying or harassing you on twitter? I was talking with someone and she mentioned about people who were rude to her on twitter and she wanted to de-activate her twitter account because she got really hurt by the remark. I told her that she shouldn’t quit twitter just because of a little bully who had too much time on his or her hands. We shouldn’t let people like this to influence us.

So what do you to with twitter bullies?

1. Ignore Them

If someone is trying to bully you by sending you hurtful tweets, one way is to ignore them and continue to tweet with other friends. You can log off twitter or do other stuff first then continue to tweet. When you ignore these people, they will not continue to send you all those tweets. If they continue, move to method 2.

2. Block Them

Just block them, they can’t do anything to you when you block them. Blocking prevents the user from following you or replying to you. Isn’t that fun? I block some people who were rude to me and others.  Usually I’ll just ignore them because I know they won’t be on twitter for long, but when it gets too annoying or too personal I’ll just block them. Funny thing is I’m not even following most of them.

3. Set Your Account To Be Protected

This helps a lot. If you want privacy you can set your account to be protected so that the public can’t view your tweets unless they follow you and you allow them to see your tweets. By protecting your twitter account, you get to choose who is able to view your tweets. Keeping bullies away.

4. Report to @twitter

Twitter takes this very seriously as well. They have a harassment and violent policy page. You can report to twitter when those bullies have gone too far.

Do check out twitter policy for more information on what to do.

Here are an example of a twitter bully, tweets are screen shots from one twitterer. Names were censored to respect the privacy.


Do you have any experience with cyber bullies? If you did, what did you do?

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  • http://danny-fr.blogspot.com/ @Danny_Fr

    What does the veggie comment has to do with anything?

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  • http://twitter.com/craigmcgill Craig McGill

    I would say it's only the 3rd one that really counts as bullying – and even then it appears to be a one-off negative comment – hardly hardcore bullying.

  • http://twitter.com/KisAndie Andrea Kis

    It happened with me before. I have unfollowed a bunch of people who were going on about their daily moanings and complaints and swearing and when they have found it out they tried to bully me. Thankfully I am not the kind of person they can pick on and sorted them out very quickly. Just blocked the whole bunch of them and erased them. They weren't people I'd be friends in real life anyway.

    The other time it happened when I have unfollowed a person who didn't like me arguing against some of his points he raised about certain topics. Please note it wasn't a fight, I was simply puting through my opinion against his. He ended up tweeting up me being a nasty person to his followers who then made really bad and vile comments about me without knowing the root cause or true situation.

    I think bullying is not always swearing, cursing bad name calling but also when someone tries to undermine, manipulate and belittle you in an online conversational environment but when they can't do it they turn to nasty tactics like trying to turn others against you or discredit you as an online identity or personality. And it is harder to deal with bullies like that then with the simple, dumb name calling ones.
    Unfortunately not everyone is such a balanced, stronf personality like I am and Twitter and other social media sites can be as cruel and vile as entertaining or nice they are at other times.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    The person who tweet the 3rd one also tweet the others and yeah its hardcore bullying. =S

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Was the Verbal comments that the person said that was bullying, all four tweets was taken from the same person.

  • http://twitter.com/Bloget *Laurie*

    I think this happens frequently to tweeple. Thank you for sharing…

  • mskarenau

    I wasn't sure if these would constitute as bullying either, but imagine all of these messages sent to YOU by the same person.

    Although pulling them out of context makes it more difficult to judge too. Either way, good for you Aaron for putting up a post like this. No one should stop tweeting because a jerk decides to be negative and disrespectful!

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    It is sent by the same person, actually some of them are really hurtful to others and I didn't post them.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Thank you Laurie =D

  • Inez

    Bullies: always trying to snare the rest of the world in their net of misery…

    Thank you for the article, Aaron.

  • http://dreamingcherries.com/ Tinu Cherian

    Reporting To @Twitter will not work. Twitter just wont take any measures, even with lots of proofs given !

    I had filed a case aganist @tbitch ( whose tweets have probably inspired you to write this post) with Twitter.
    This is what they replied :

    Twitter provides a communication service. As a policy, we do not mediate content or intervene in disputes between users. Users are allowed to post content, including potentially inflammatory content, provided that they do not violate the Twitter Terms of Service and Rules (name calling is not a violation).

    I think the best way is to “Ignore and block them “

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  • http://dreamingcherries.com/ Tinu Cherian

    Update : As of today , Either Twitter or @tbitch herself deleted the account ! Twitter is one troll /bully less ! :)

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  • Tldavidson93

    Thanks for your article. @xSDOx & I both had someone harassing us, so we had to block & protect our accounts, unfortunately. Some people can be so immature….sad, but true.

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  • TheyAreWolvesInSheepsClothing

    Aaron Lee I don’t know much about you or your site and just happened to come across it when browsing. I agree that there are many bullies on Twitter, but lately the bullies are the ones proclaiming they are the victims and are anti-bully. People like cjwhodunit , Bullyville, Kate Gosselin, Ziggyflo etc. You want to help end bullying? Focus on them.

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  • Not A Victim

    It’s despicable when bullies cry bully! Carolyne Pillutla (CJWhodunit) and Frances Baker (Ziggyflo and Realziggyflo) have been bullying people on Twitter and blogs for years! Now they cry bull?! They’re insane!
    Kate Gosselin mad millions bullying her husband, kids and everyone she came in contact with, now James McGibney of Bullyville threatens people to seemingly protect Kate from bullies! You destroy the word bully when someone like James McGibney uses it to be a bully himself.

  • WellNowDear

    Unless you completely close yourself off a Cyber Bully on twitter can see all your tweets & make comments abt them to other people. They can publish your @ with demeaning comments etc. I tried to report a bully and the report page wouldn’t even work.

  • CLee

    yeah I’m going through this right now. It’s quiet embarrassing because it’s my professional twitter. I don’t use it to go on and fiddle around. I go on to read law stories, search professional individuals, and to read up law firms across Canada. Not for someone in high school to contact me for about 4 years now harassing me over every social network I had. I just had enough so I reported every account this individual had. Let me tell you something there’s just too many people out there that can make numerous accounts. Nothing is safe anymore. Twitter is quiet alright, but Facebook is a lost cause. They put your photos public, everything is public. People can contact you over-and-over without your permission. If individuals are going to make a social network that allows people to contact one another. Why not take the extra time to make sure that the people we don’t want to contact us, cant.

  • SadieMay

    I agree! Frances Baker (WV) and Carolyne Pillutla are two of the most heinous bullies on blogs and Twitter. Frances is so miserable with her miscreant daughter Kendra and sick son that she hates everyone who disagrees with her and everyone who isn’t miserable like her. She uses her blog to destroy people and when that didn’t work she helped James McGibney and his thugs release very private information about people. When it was revealed her daughter has been arrested for DUI and shoplifting all of a sudden she cries victim! Frances Baker is f*&^%(g insane!

  • Fed up with bullies

    Ive been bullied for awhile now and recently they crossed the line. They hacked my computer, my phone and even set up fake twitter handles just to threaten my life. I admit, i wasnt perfect but i have never done stuff like that. I have been polite, i have blocked them, and even reported to twitter about it all. Twitter wont do anything about it. Those twitter handles are still there doing the same stuff. So after calling the local police and finding out there is nothing they are gonna do until something physically happens. I decided to use the APPS on my phone because they have a glitch in them, even though you block them you can still see their Timelines. I sat back and watched their timeline (i know creepy but effective) just to know how to get them back. It was just for a few months before i decided to bring this out in the open that i will not tolerate threats. I used some of the tactics they used on me: Screenshots, turning some of their “friends” against them, and so on. It was nasty. I am a grown ass man and they took it beyond twitter. I wasnt upset that they shut my other twitter handles down, if it was just that i would have left it alone. Now it became personal. Im not gonna post the twitter handles on here because that is not important, what is important is threatening my life and compromising my saftey. So this is to everyone who reads this. Stand your ground but i agree with the author, the best thing to do is just ignore them. I said my piece and now im done with them. Hopefully those fake twitter handles will go away but that wont happen.

  • Bullyville and company are bul

    You are so right about Frances Baker and Carolyne Pillutla, and Cindy Brown is awful too. Look at how Priest Adler and James McGibney behave!

    Look at the bullying they have done to Teresa Shaw, Tami Vaher and Lora Lusher for disliking kids being exploited on reality tv, for disliking Kate Gosselin.

    Pretty soon Traci along with Carolyne Pillutla will get a wakeup call!

  • Cheaterville is Revenge Porn

    James McGibney of Bullyville and Cheaterville is a revenge porn ownerand mob boss who lashes out at anyone who speaks out against the abuse of minors. That’s why he torments Tami Vaher and Lora Lusher, because they refused to back down, refused to turn their backs on injured, beaten, exploited kids. Tami and Lora are heroes who have been defamed and bullied but they still stand strong for abused kids. They are great women who deserve medals.

  • Trutherville

    And here the real bullies show up. Lora Lusher of Petaluma CA, Tami Vaher, and Teresa Shaw. Their vile timelines on Twitter are filled with hateful tweets putting others down including attacking anyone, even minors, who dare tweet to Kate Gosselin who they hate.

    Lora, Tami, and Teresa were outed as being bullies and rather than stop, they’ve escalated their behavior in making up lies about Carolyne, Frances, and anyone else they think is responsible for their embarrassment.

    Lora, Tami, and Teresa are such bullies they are actively working with and supporting 3 ex felons (Thomas Retzlaff, Joseph Camp, and Gregory D. Evans) so they can bully their victims even further . . .including the mother of a 6 year old child and her child as well.

    Lora hid the evil misdeeds of her cousin Jack Bokin for years. Jack raped and murdered other women who could have been saved if Lora had only spoken up. Tami has lost custody of her children because she would rather sit in front of a computer spewing hate all day at a former reality star that doesn’t even know she exists. These women are the very definition of hate and bullying. For them to cry victim is the true definition of hypocrite.

  • Camille

    I have been bulled

  • Kat

    It’s happening to me right now. They made a fake profile with my picture and they befriending my friends. They are posting stuff that looks like it’s me. I reported it but haven’t heard from Twitter.

  • Joseph A. Camp

    Please let me interject here. I am Joseph A. Camp, and the fact that you seem to thank that three successful people who made some mistakes in life somehow merits you SPAMMING their names and yelling all over the internet that they are “ex convicts” doesn’t seem to make you look any better than a “bully”.

    As for the mother of a six year old child, she has activily engaged in similar conduct, promoted this conduct why way of her appearances on unpopular BTR shows, and instigations of others. Her motherhood is not the reason she is being named in at least 3 lawsuits, but rather her actions have dictated those results. Your use of her child is a means to exploit the child for your own advantage. No one cares that she is a mother.

    You simply don’t get it. You are NOT the internet police, you are instigating harassment, by subjecting this woman Lora to having to relive whatever it is that you are saying about her. Your refusal to names names like Kirsten Claire
    Olson Curry of Lee County Florida, or James McGibney, simply because you
    are supportive of them, while naming names and re-victimizing others you don’t support is simply demonstrating that you alone are the bully.

    I am not an “ex” felon. I committed a crime and I was charged and convicted. That makes me a felon. I now work to promote peace, unlike you who seems to only be SPAMMING names of people to try to get your viewpoint out to newer audiences. Maybe you should stop bullying yourself, and come up with a solution that doesn’t involve SPAMMING innocent victims all over the internet.

    #TheRealJojoCamp