On the Tuesday of May 31, 2016, 16-year-old high school student Shemel Mercurius was babysitting her cousin when a man entered her family's Brooklyn apartment and shot her three times with a submachine gun. As she died, Mercurius identified her killer as 25-year-old Taariq Stephens and explained that Stephens had wanted to be her boyfriend, but she hadn't been interested.
A gunman entered the East Flatbush apartment complex of #ShemelMercurius and gunned her down with a machine gun… https://t.co/T0eySPSwMV— Black Girl Tragic (@Black Girl Tragic)1513200940.0
Harvey Weinstein denies that he blacklisted @AshleyJudd and @MiraSorvino from 'Lord of the Rings'… https://t.co/zfXNcNeYEv— Variety (@Variety)1513362160.0
In the year of the #MeToo movement, it's no surprise that Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of the year for 2017 is… https://t.co/UoYQPixXGq— CNN (@CNN)1513094413.0
@raesanni P.S. SHE LOVES WHITE WOMEN AND HERE IS MY PROOF https://t.co/ikBqRuOZd2— Marcia Belsky (@Marcia Belsky)1513101935.0
So, this is what @facebook is sending women now whose posts saying things like “men are the worst” they remove. F… https://t.co/SQMaOzXCiw— Marcia Belsky (@Marcia Belsky)1513268617.0
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Please help me find this fake Acct posting the most awful shit in my name. Help! https://t.co/lp4RzVLb6f— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Leslie Jones 🦋)1468904161.0
We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us, but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.In the years since, Twitter has de-verified white supremacists and seems to be making a concerted effort to be more accountable to people of all ethnicities, sexes and orientations, which is amazing. Now, if only other social media sites would do the same.