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Robin Williams' Daughters Quits Social Media After Receiving Hateful Messages
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on August 16, 2014 @ 7:39PM
Created on August 16, 2014 @ 2:46PM
 
Many of us are still sad about the recent passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams. Celebrities and fans alike have posted condolences all over social media, but then it turned sour.
 
Zelda Williams, Robin Williams' daughter, was cyber bullied about her father's death. She was targeted with photo shopped images of her father's body.  Some users even went as far to accuse her as being responsible for his death.
 
This has got many of you asking, are we better or worse off with social media in our lives?
 
Williams was targeted by what's known on the Internet as a troll. A troll is a user that posts inflammatory messages designed to get an emotional response. After Williams deleted her Twitter and Instagram, Twitter executives said they've been suspending accounts and will be re-examining their rules.
 
"It's awfully insensitive of people. It's hard for someone to face the loss of a parent or any loved one, much less when they take their own life. Then people try to make it negative," said Debbie Gaskins, a Quiet Dell resident. 
 
Many of you said you like social media, but you think it can definitely be used for the wrong purposes.
 
"I keep up with family and friends that are long distance. It's the only way to keep up with them since life is so busy. It is good, as long as it's held in check," said Gaskins. 
 
Some of you said it's just not worth it when it comes to the trouble social media can cause.
 
"It causes more problems because it creates drama. I think people need to go about their business and worry about their own lives," said Keefe Kiser, a Weston resident. 
 
Another man said he doesn't pay much attention to what's happening on these sites.
 
"I have better things to do throughout the day than go on Twitter. Usually, if I have free time, I'm looking up things on ESPN rather than what someone who is an acquaintance of mine is doing ," said John Ponton, a college student. 
 
Zelda Williams said she's not sure when or if she'll ever return as an online presence on her social media accounts. Experts said while the harassment she suffered is unfortunate, it may help others who find themselves facing abuse online.

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