The internet can spit hatred for the world to see on any particular day and you just never know when something horrid will rear its head.
Social media is that a platform for people to behave unpleasantly at times – there are accounts that exist online to instigate trouble for anyone who looks, acts or thinks differently.
Even children aren’t safe from this form of online abuse. Regardless of age, gender or status bullying occurs on social media – a place where people can hide behind the anonymity of the web and take advantage of diminishing others to feel better.
9-year-old Sophia experienced torment as she was subjected to people using her as an advertisement for promoting abortion.
Natalie Weaver, responded as any mother would – started a crusade against the haters to protect her daughter.
She would be victorious in the end after a long battle.
Sophia was born with a facial disfigurement, her hands and feet were also deformed.
She was diagnosed with Retts syndrome at an early age, which is a heart disease that permanently affects children’s language and motor skills.
As a result of her condition, Sophia’s requires round the clock care and her family need to take care of her 24 hours a day.
For Sophia and her relatives live has been anything but easy, they’ve sought the necessary strength and hope to continue from each other.
Sophia gets loads of love and support from her two siblings. Both of them love her dearly.
“She’s had 22 surgeries, she has a feeding tube. A colostomy bag. She has seizures and choking spells because of both the deformities and the Rett syndrome.” mom Natalie explains
Things began to change not that long ago.
There was a policy alteration two years ago which related to the local healthcare system.
Natalie began to speak more publicly about the trials the family face despite being affected by her daughter’s condition.
It wasn’t long before the internet trolls responded.
“People, they seek you out and want to hurt you,” Natalie says. “There are people who go out of their way to make sure you see their cruelty. I get people telling me to kill my child, to put her out of her misery.”
The hate was relentless despite Natalie’s best efforts. The trolls wanted Natalie to hear their message directly.
One person used a photo of Sophia in a post designed to champion abortion of children with extreme disabilities and made direct threats to Natalie’s family.
“I blocked it. I just hoped it was gone,” she said. “But it was never removed. The account remained.”
Natalie reported the account to Twitter as time passed little was done, despite her trying to ensure the troll’s voice was silenced.
Natalie requested her followers to report the hateful messages and spoke with local news station to try to draw further attention to the violations.
She refused to let the trolls get the better of the situation and hoped that it would put the appropriate pressure on Twitter to act.
Natalie eventually received a message from Twitter after a long battle.
Removing all comment the social media site apologized and shut down the accounts responsible.
Natalie satisfied with the results called for Twitter to change the way it reviews hateful content aimed at people with disabilities.
Natalie explains “Twitter needs to add people with disabilities as a category in their violation reporting.”
“Otherwise people don’t know the appropriate category to select for hate towards people with disabilities.”
A spokesperson from Twitter directed CNN to the platform’s “hateful conduct policy”
According to that page, “You 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.”
For Natalie and her family, it’s naturally been an extremely trying process by daring to go public and reveal the hate directed at her and her daughter, but she has won this important battle.
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