Emmerdale News: Emmerdale actor Danny Miller, best known to viewers as Aaron Dingle, has called out Twitter for its lack of action against trolls. Danny has been the victim of ‘trolling’ for several years but despite numerous reports, Twitter has failed to take action.
Playing gay character Aaron Dingle in the soap, Danny Miller has been subjected to abuse from several anonymous accounts which he believes to be the same troll each time. Indeed, The Emmerdaily has also been amongst fans who have reported numerous accounts but as fast as one disappears, a new account is made.
Danny shared a response from Twitter to a report he lodged over a tweet on his account @DannyBMiller which included vulgar homophobic language. Twitter had taken the decision not to take any action as they stated that it didn’t appear to go against the guidelines.
Instructing Twitter to ‘sort their shit out’, Danny questioned how they could allow such terms and behaviour to go unchallenged. Especially given he had lodged 16 complaints against homophobic slurs.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Danny confirmed that he was going to take a step back from the social media platform and have an extended break from his account.
A spokesman for Twitter told the BBC, the user accused of sending abuse to Danny Miller’s account was “no longer on Twitter,” while a representative for Emmerdale said: “We find any form of abuse totally unacceptable and abhorrent.”
Twitter’s Hateful conduct policy cites that users ‘may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.’
In a list of examples, Twitter said it does not tolerate repeated and/or non-consensual slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone.
So why homophobic language is not against its guidelines, is beyond us!