Although most of the world expressed its condolences and well-wishes to the daughter of Robin Williams, cruel posts by trolls on her Twitter account has forced her to step away from her social media accounts indefinitely.
Zelda, 25, the daughter of Williams and Fil-American philanthropist Marsha Garces, announced that she was taking an indefinite leave from her Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram accounts after receiving cruel comments and pictures of her late father on social media.
One of the pictures contained a doctored image of Williams’ corpse.
Zelda was targeted by trolls after she posted a heartfelt tweet of her father on her Twitter account. The post received mostly praises, but also became a lightning for highly offensive posts by trolls.
Although fans and supporters quickly rallied to her aid, Zelda admitted that she had been shaken by the experience.
On Twitter Zelda wrote “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”
She also posted similar sentiments on her Instagram and Tumblr accounts.
Twitter and Facebook, which owns Instagram, have suspended the accounts of the trolls.
In its statement, Facebook announced that offensive posts are being removed on its site and on Instagram after it has been immediately flagged.
Twitter management meanwhile added they are looking for ways to improve their guidelines regarding the protection and support for those whose family members have died.
Del Harvey, head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Team, added that Twitter “does not tolerate abuse of this nature.”
Robin Williams’ lifeless body was found inside his home in Paradise Cay, California. Authorities have ruled his death a suicide. He was 63.
Before taking his life, the world-renowned comedian and star of such films as Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting battled depression throughout his life and also suffered from drug and alcohol addiction.