La Mesa People: Trying To Reform Twitter

Twitter Has Me On 'Ignore'

LA MESA -- For those who may or may not tweet, there is an issue (for me) of disturbing photos of animal abuse appearing without permission. The old process was to click on a photo link if you wished to view based on the content of the post.  I have tried in vain for five days to get some sort of response from the CEO. The "Help" option on the website has been of no help, the instructions for blocking photos are ambiguous at best, and no one answers the phone at twitter headquarters.

 The least thing that twitter can do is instruct me if I am wrong or reinstate the right to view photos based on choice.  As an advocate for the animals, twitter has been an effective means of getting the word out.  Now, I am fearful of opening my account since the news feed appears on the same page so you cannot avoid horrific photos.  So that you can see what I am dealing with, I am including the Open Letter to CEO.  Out of respect for anyone reading this post, please note that there is a paragraph at the bottom that has disturbing descriptions of what I have seen to illustrate to the CEO just how distressing this issue has become.  I am also including the tweets that have not been acknowledged.  I am hoping that I will receive a response by using another media outlet outside of twitter.  


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Comment by Janie Garcia on December 21, 2013 at 11:50am

Good morning.  This column is now closed for comments to avoid an ongoing debate.  Thank you to those who provided their viewpoint.  JG

Comment by Janie Garcia on December 21, 2013 at 11:03am

Thank you, Chris, for your support.  I am truly baffled by the lack of response. 

Comment by chris shea on December 21, 2013 at 8:37am
Janie, I hope you get some help from the usually responsive people at Twitter.
Involvement in animal safety and rescue is a noble thing.
Social Media provides a link between citizens who together can have a bigger impact in shedding light on issues that impact the voiceless.
Keep up the good work.
Comment by Janie Garcia on December 21, 2013 at 2:41am

Another teeny mention.  The photo attached to this blog appears on my twitter bio.  The two dogs are puppy mill survivors and are featured on another social media outlet that receives over 500 views per week from around the world.  I write a new column periodically.

Comment by Janie Garcia on December 21, 2013 at 2:15am

Dear readers.  For those who may not be acquainted with the concept of social media, there are many uses.  Some people use it to report on their life, some to boast, some to keep in touch with loved ones and others such as myself to raise awareness.  Because of my online advocacy, I am the "go to" person for family and friends for all things animal.  If by tweeting I can help just one animal then the time devoted to the keyboard is all worthwhile.  Please note that I am in a position to get you in the right direction if you have a pet in need of a spay or neuter.  I will help you in any way that I can with my vast network of animal welfare organizations.  I simply ask that you support me in my quest to use social media to improve or change the lives of animals and save others in the process.  Thank you.  

Comment by Janie Garcia on December 21, 2013 at 1:46am

Thank you Mr. Stanley for your opinion.  Pulling the animal issue back inside which is the main thrust of my post, I am simply asking twitter leadership to respond to my concern.  Twitter, like other social media, is a powerful tool to advocate for various causes yet, if there is a component that causes distress then it must be addressed.  This is my right.  If your contention is that social media is my life then you are correct.  First, however, I am an educated professional who puts in an honest work week, pays taxes, obeys the law, and contributes to the overall well-being of society.  My passion for animal well-being fuels me and if I have to take this matter to the next level to be heard I will over the objections of others.  My "complaint" is valid and deserves a response.

Comment by David Stanley on December 20, 2013 at 7:30pm

You know, the animal issue aside, I really wonder about people whose whole existence seems to revolve around stupid things like Twitter, Facebook, constant texting, constant mobile phone conversations. It would appear that people in these catagories certainly have either a seriously stunted imagination, incapable of living life without their wee toys or perhaps just never grew up. I walk and drive about and see people, mostly women it seems, constantly texting, constantly watching videos on their phones, constantly with a mobile phone on their ear, walking, talking, shopping, driving. It seems they are incapable of carrying on a sane conversation with another human being without texting at the same time. Besides RUDE, it is incredibly stupid. And now this writer complains that Twitter is ignoring her?

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