It had to happen sooner or later. With the volume of spam we find in Twitter, someone was bound to believe it would be a method for pedophiles to contact each other. On Sunday, two new accounts began posting child pornography.
As soon as someone found them and rightfully objected to their presence, they began to tweet that they were child porn and needed to be removed. I agree with that, however, this isn’t the best method of getting these accounts removed. As a matter of fact, what it did was make child pornography a trending topic and took most of the day to get the attention of the proper Twitter authorities so they could act on them.
When Twitter was apprised of the situation, it acted. Unfortunately it also acted against many who were tweeting and retweeting the need to remove those accounts. Why? Their behavior, while in the best of intentions, spread the images of scantily clad children far and wide. When you @ (account name) in Twitter, you create a clickable link allowing your readers to view the profile of the person you are mentioning and that is totally the wrong thing to do in a case like this.
Now, I know Twitter doesn’t make it easy to contact them. Which may be why no one thinks to click on the little gear at the top right of their page and access the drop down menu it contains. On the drop down menu in third position is the word “HELP”. When you click on that it opens another page and the third option on that page is “Report Abuse and Policy Violations”. It’s a clickable link, follow the instructions and report the problem through proper channels.
Not only will following the instructions resolve the matter faster, assuming it is a violation you’re reporting, it will preserve your own account by allowing you to avoid a suspension.
You might want to consider using this method to report spam as well. There again, tweets and retweets make you guilty by association and cause your account to be suspended.