How to Report an Asshole on Twitter
[TW: Rape, Assholery]
Today’s Asshole: Jose Canseco
Mr. Canseco, a Very Famous Athlete, is accused of rape. Today he decided the best possible course of action was to out his accuser on Twitter.
Via the Atlantic Wire:
Jose Canseco — former All-Star outfielder, admitted steroid user, part-time fantastic Twitter idiot — apparently just live-tweeted the police arriving at his Las Vegas home, then said he has been accused of rape, then proceeded to publicly name his apparent accuser to his more than 500,000 followers, with bikini photos, and the woman’s phone number, and talk shows, and cats… then proceeded to delete the whole thing. Except her name.
Canseco also tweeted the name and address of the woman’s gym and invited followers to stop by:
So, using Jose’s illegal activities as a model for a) how to report assholes and b) how Twitter’s “report” function fails to provide adequate reporting options for illegal activities like this one, here are some instructions (click images for larger versions):
(UPDATE: JC has deleted most of offending tweets because his lawyers are smarter than he is, fortunately for him. But there’s still this one. Yes, that’s her. Report his ass.)
- Point your browser to https://support.twitter.com/forms/abusiveuser.
- Click the option that best describes the situation. In this case, that’s “offensive content.” That doesn’t really cover it, but as you can see, it’s the only option that comes close:
- Type in the Twitter handle of the offending tweeter, in this case JoseCanseco:
- Next, you need to paste in URLs to the offending tweets (like this and this).(UPDATE: JC has deleted most of offending tweets because his lawyers are smarter than he is, fortunately for him. But there’s still this one. Yes, that’s her. Report his ass.)
Click “Report another Tweet” for another link box.
- Answer the miscellaneous questions, then fill in the details box. I suggest something along the lines of “Jose Canseco has published the name, photo, and gym of the woman who accused him of rape. This is illegal. Please suspend his account.”
- Now you’re ready to hit the Submit button and hope Twitter does the right thing.
It only takes a moment of your time, and if enough people do it, maybe they’ll get the message. Maybe Canseco will get the message that bullying his accuser is not only illegal, it is not only dangerous, but it is also socially unacceptable behavior with consequences. Because rape culture has taught him that this is the right way to handle a rape accusation, and as a VFE he, in turn, is teaching young people the same lesson.
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This entry was posted on May 22, 2013 by Rosie. It was filed under Dark Places, Rape Culture, Sports and was tagged with abuse, Atlantic Wire, bullying, Canseco, Crime, feminism, jose canseco, misogyny, rape, rape apology, rape culture, sexism, sexual assault, twitter, Violence against women.