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Robin Williams’ daughter exits social media after troll cruelty

After cruel confrontation from some who made fun of her father's death, Zelda Williams abandoned social media.
After cruel confrontation from some who made fun of her father's death, Zelda Williams abandoned social media.
Us Magazine

If losing your father wasn’t bad enough, then people who send you hateful messages about the tragedy certainly makes it worse. That’s why Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, is abandoning her Twitter and Instagram accounts, she stated in a last online message on Aug. 13.

Trolls had sent her messages through social media that included pictures of her father, and which had been photoshopped to heartlessly depict him at the time of his death. Two Twitter accounts (@PimpStory and @MrGoosebuster) were later suspended for such vile behavior after other users reported them at Williams’ request. She tried to address the cruelty herself, but couldn’t bear the process, she Tweeted.

“Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please.”

In an Aug. 12 statement released by ABC News, Williams and her siblings said:

"To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed.”

On early Aug. 13, she posted the following Twitter message, announcing she’d not return to her accounts:

“I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”

Later that day on her Instagram account, Williams left this parting message:

“I will be leaving this account for a but [sic] while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo”

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