Twitter trolls are super bad especially when innocent family members are dragged in the madness. The British Royal Family has received a good share of social media madness and they are not ready to take the hit anymore. Their social media team has released a set of social media community guidelines that could see the worst offenders reported to the police.
Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace jointly published the guidelines, providing that anyone “engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities” in an attempt to “create a safe environment”.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 4, 2019
The guidelines provide that comments must not “contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence”. They must also not “promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.”
Well these abuses majorly come from a number of royal fans abusing each other under the guise of being Team Meghan or Team Kate.
The British Royal Family launched their first Twitter account in 2009 and they have regularly spoken about the positives and negatives of social media and the impact it has on young people. The Duke of Cambridge has also campaigned against cyber-bulling and accused social media giants of being “on the back foot” when it comes to fighting issues like online bullying, fake news, and hate speech.
The family is very popular on Twitter and they have a number of accounts, including @royalfamily with 3.9 million followers and @kensingtonroyal with 1.7 million followers. Their instagram accounts are also very popular – with 4.5 million and 7.1 million followers, respectively.
Reports claim that the trolls have been increasingly targeting Duchesses Kate and Meghan, prompting the family to release a statement.
In Kenya, Twitter is a big thing and it’s currently breathing it’s own oxygen. Not governable at all. Even the president told The Chief Justice to go with the flow…haha!