The users tweeted gruesome Photoshopped images of her deceased father and left her horrible comments that made her so upset she decided to quit not only Twitter but also Instagram.
Zelda’s incident caused such an uproar that finally–for the very first time–Twitter is speaking out about harassment on their site.
Twitter’s Vice President of Trust and Safety Del Harvey said in a statement, “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”
Unfortunately, it took something so horrible for Twitter to finally “evaluate” it’s policies… And a little on the late side in the case of Zelda.
The 25-year-old actress already announced she will be parting ways with social media for an indefinite amount of time to be able to grieve in private. She mentioned the photos and memories she truly cherishes are framed in her home where she can enjoy them in peace.
We hope this serves as a lesson for all social media sites and people using them to remember the effect a mean tweet, status or comment can have on someone who is (or isn’t) suffering so greatly.