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Internetsafety Day – but Twitter failing to protect Kevin Healey leading Autism Campaigner

A leaked memo by Twitter’s Chief Executive, Dick Costolo, has admitted that the company “sucks” when it comes to dealing with abuse and trolling on the service.
This revelation hardly comes as a massive surprise to us. For over a year now, Kevin Healey has suffered constant trolling and impersonation, including death threats. And Twitter has turned a blind eye to it. Even with help from MPs and the police, there hasn’t been a single arrest made for this.
We have heard over and over again from public figures that “action must be taken”, “online bullies must be brought to task”, and countless other soundbites. But these words have not been backed up by actions.
To illustrate just how long this has been going on and how much this is affecting Kevin, here is an open letter he has composed, addressed to Twitter:
Dear twitter
There have been many requests from me and my supporters asking you to protect and verify my account, but sadly this still has not happened. Lots of people have contacted you to request for me to be verified, including staffordshire police, my MP, and celebrities have even taken the time to write to you directly. However, you still haven’t responded.
I recall contacting your staff at twitter UK (feb 2014). I had a response from your HQ in march 2014, saying that I must refrain from contacting your staff, of which i only tweeted them a few times. I still have that email.

In the email dated 14/02/2014 you seem to be disappointed that I’ve made contact with twitter re -my verification and state you would not accept any requests from third parties, such as the police, my MP, Crime Commissioner. They have all written to you, and over 1580 have signed my petition and left hundreds of comments.
I would like to know what you mean by carefully reviewing my account? and the minimum criteria….
and you’re unable to make exceptions to your policies for me?
OK, Twitter, let’s put the record straight: you only seem to verify the following people, and please do correct me if I’m wrong. You verify, MPs, celebrities, footballers, singers, authors – but not those fighting injustice.
I was also shocked to find out that when I had communication with one of your staff via the telephone, she stated “we can’t verify you because you’re not a NEW YORK best-seller. Well, Twitter, I now hundreds of people who use your platform and they are NOT New York best-sellers but they have their accounts verified.
I’ve had death threats on your platform, impersonation, cloning, and vile hate speech against my disability, but the most horrific is when i got LOTS of IMPERSONATION and cloning of my account.
Because of these incidents, I now suffer with PTSD.
I’m just asking for you to show some compassion. That’s all I want.
Here’s a screenshot of the abuse I’ve experienced.
Kevin
This clearly illustrates that this issue has been going on for some time. Numerous public authorities have been contacted about it. We have provided clear evidence of the abusive comments being directed at Kevin, but has there been any action taken?No.
However, when a “celebrity” or “public figure” is the target of the same abuse, it is dealt with extremely quickly and decisively.
Even though Staffordshire police have been very helpful, they have been unable to trace or locate the individuals responsible. The investigation has been ongoing for over a year now, so this isn’t a recent issue.
We aren’t asking for someone to be monitoring every tweet ever sent; we aren’t asking for a dedicated team to deal with the reports. We are simply asking for Kevin’s account to be verified, to prevent individuals from creating accounts designed to impersonate and intimidate Kevin.
When we have questioned Twitter on this, the default answer has been: “You don’t meet the criteria”. Despite repeated requests for this criteria, they have not been forthcoming with it.
Twitter’s position on the use of verified accounts is that they are for the accounts of celebrities and public figures.
ENDS

Twitter abuse infographic

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Autism Campaigner – Twitter Abuse

Autism Campaigner calling for Action to social media

It has been over a year ago since Kevin Healey reported vile abusive impersonations and Twitter cloning accounts to Staffordshire Police, but Kevin’s Twitter Troll offenders have still not been caught or prosecuted.

Kevin Healey, who, himself has autism, is a campaigner and founder of two registered Autism Charities, he is a national leading autism campaigner and a national ambassador for autism in the UK. Kevin has endured vile cloning of his Twitter account for two years and he is now calling on social media giants to verify and protect is Twitter account.

Following Kevin’s request for Twitter to verify and protect his account from impersonation, Twitter responded by saying, ‘that he does not meet the eligibility criteria’. However, similar campaigners, who have also received online abuse on Twitter, such has, Dr. Sara payne and Denise furgus, have had their Twitter accounts protected and verified, so why can’t Kevin have his account verified too?

Nearly 1,600 people have already signed Campaigner, Kevin Healey’s petition asking Twitter to verify him, and some high profile celebrities, MP’s and MEP’s have also written directly to Twitter to request that this social media site verifies Kevin’s account, as a matter of urgency, but still Twitter refuse.

Kevin said:

“I just want my account on Twitter verified and protected. I am tired of the constant impersonations and Twitter cloning! If I was a celebrity, an MP or a footballer, my trolls would have been caught, prosecuted and jailed by now! I just feel that because I have autism and I am not in the public eye, I am being ignored against. I just can’t believe in the 21st century, in this digital age of technology, that they have not been traced already. It is very frustrating that it has now been going on for over one year and it has still not been resolved!
However, Staffordshire Police have been very helpful. I just want these trolls caught and jailed for this serious disability hate crime offence. It has had a serious long term effect on my health. I suffer from PTSD now, due to all the cyberbullying, cloning and impersonation, it’s something that never goes away, and every time I log on to Twitter, I’m more self-aware and frightened of the next impersonator to attack me. It has been absolutely horrific; it feels like identity theft when you are been cloned & impersonated. It makes me feel violated. It is so wrong and very little can be done about it. On some occasions it’s taken Twitter up to two weeks to close down the troll impersonators. At least, by having a verified account, people will know whom the real ‘Kevin Healey is”!
Kevin was diagnosed at the age of 27, he is now 40 years old. He raises awareness of autism daily on social media and he has over 150,000 followers on Twitter & Facebook. His achievements over the years, include, a meeting with the Queen and various Prime Minsters, and he is greatly recognised nationally in the Autism sector.

To support the petition please visit Kevin’s Online Petition Via Change.org

 

Source: http://www.pressat.co.uk/releases/autism-campaigner-calling-for-action-on-social-media-giants-twitter-aaa1beaf5846fc13c110186c216e527c/#ixzz3Pkql9UAk

Kevin teams Up with USA Katrina (Kitty) McCaffery & R.I.S.E Org U.S.A.

Kevin teams Up with USA Katrina (Kitty) McCaffery 

i contacted kitty to see if she could help me raise awareness of my campaign on the other side of the world, and she as kindly offered to help, as she has family connections with Autism, kitty  is going to help raise awareness of my campaign to get celb endorsements,  to back my campaign, and also to raise awareness in the USA, and to try and get USA interviews TV & RADIO to spread the message About my global Autism Anti Bullying , so far in the UK my campaign as grown but we need more awareness in the USA ON AUTISM & BULLYING and other countries as well… if you are in another country and want to follow Kitty’s footsteps get in touch with Kevin Healey.

Founder merise Kitty McCaffery is a mother of four with two stepsons. Her husband helps mentor people who suffer from uncontrolled seizures after being diagnosed himself with having PNES seizures. Kitty is a Kings Kids teacher at her church. Kitty & her husband both come from homes where domestic violence took place often. Kitty regularly volunteers throughout her community. She prays for a day when no person or animal will have to suffer from acts of cruelty by another human being. HELP@riseandstand.net or general questions mail to: Kitty@riseandstand.net http://www.kittymccaffery.com

 

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kittys organisation..

R.I.S.E. & STAND (hereinafter “Rise”) is a new, Christian based organization that has recently received a 501(c)3 nonprofit status. It is rapidly growing. Our goal is to raise awareness and educate about bullying, hate crimes, acts of violence, and animal cruelty. We support victims and stand by them until justice is served. What kind of work does R.I.S.E. & STAND do? We do a lot more than just raise awareness online and blog. Our team works hard every day so we want to share with you exactly what we do.

My campaign features in the independent

My campaign recently featured in the independent

My campaign recently featured in local press

 

Recent article campaigning against twitter to verify my account featured in local press

Letter to my cyberstalker’s

Dear Cyberstalkers

I find it extremely sad that even as an adult you think it’s okay to bully and stalk someone daily. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you have no right to harass me as you’ve done over the past years

you slate and try too destroy my character, and slate my Autism charity After blocking you, you still take the time to read my timeline and tweet daily about me, You go as far as tweet my followers and anyone I tweet desperately trying to gain my attention. And when all else fails, you send in your lapdogs to do your dirty work which recently you sent your lapdogs where I had my twitter petition too the NAS facebook page, and I had to ask the NAS too remove my twitter petition as it was attacked by your lapdogs, as you couldn’t get at me there was a wide open source for you to send your lapdogs in to try and drag me down but you failed again the more you do makes me even more stronger, you think I’m in fear of you far from it, I just can’t Believe how sad you are and spend all day tweeting about me, this shows how much spare time you have, why don’t you put your time into something productive by helping others rather than cyberstalking people like me.

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Kevin’s anti bullying campaign to be mentioned in the revised autism strategy

We have heard today that Kevin’s anti bullying campaign will be mentioned in the revised autism strategy which is due to come out this April – more news to follow soon

Kevin to meet minister

Kevin will be meeting the minister who’s responsible for crime at the end of  March at the houses of parliament more news to follow soon

Please sign Petition my twitter account been impersonated

my twitter acc been impersonated @kevin_healey

SIGN PETITION HEAR

I’m a campaigner  National Ambassador for Autism, living with autism and have been constantly impersonated on twitter. Twitter refuse to give me a verification, no I’m not a celebrity, or a person with millions of followers, but I’m a campaigner with autism, and trolls on twitter have pretended to be me they have cloned my profile, Cloned my face, bio etc and it’s disgusting what they are doing and still doing to someone like me who has autism, it takes twitter on average over a week to remove an impersonation account of me. I’m just asking twitter to verify me but they refuse, when there is other people out there i know of just like me have there account verified by twitter.

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