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Twitter to take action following Zelda Williams cyberbullying incident

An executive for Twitter has announced that the social network will take action to improve its policies after the daughter of the late Robin Williams announced she is quitting the social media site due to cyber bullying.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R)Susan Schneider, actor Robin Williams, and actress Zelda Williams attend the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Happy Feet Two' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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On Wednesday, The Washington Post posted a statement from Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, Del Harvey, who said, “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.”

Robin Williams' 25-year-old daughter Zelda announced she was taking a break from Twitter and Instagram after several users reportedly sent her hateful messages and photo shopped images of her dad, who died of suicide by hanging, earlier this week.

According to the Post, some of the Twitter trolls blamed Zelda Williams for her father’s suicide and posted pictures of the Oscar winning actor photo shopped to show bruises around his neck. Williams’s distraught daughter initially asked followers to report the cyber bullies, saying she was “shaking” and unable to do it. But she finally decided to step away from her online accounts altogether.

The unfortunate exchange occurred after the young actress tweeted a passage from French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, taken from his classic story "The Little Prince,” as a tribute to her famous dad. She captioned the photo with a heartfelt message to the late actor.

But after the post garnered a string of vicious comments, on Wednesday, Us Weekly reported that Zelda Williams posted a final message to followers: "I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."

Zelda also posted a note on her Instagram account, accompanied by a photo of a butterfly, saying: "I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not.”

She urged followers to be respectful of the online accounts of her family and friends and chastised those who scoured the family’s social media pages looking for photos of the late actor with his family.

Yahoo Celebrity previously posted Zelda Williams’s emotional statement about her father’s death, and in that tribute, she offered a direct message about the TV and movie legend to the haters: "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. After all, he loved to laugh too."

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